Lot 268 - 1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Open Tourer by Barker
|Chassis Number||GNK 74|
|Odometer reading||43,800 miles|
|Estimate||£48,000 - £55,000|
Code-named 'Goshawk', several experimental chassis had shown most promising results when severe tests of the first 'baby' Rolls-Royce had been executed. The Rolls-Royce 20hp is easily recognisable by its horizontally arranged radiator shutters - only the last series sported vertical shutters. With a shorter wheelbase and a more economical engine it proved an ideal addition to Rolls-Royce's range as a second model alongside the Silver Ghost. Its lighter weight and reduced turning circle gave the 20hp fine handling.
Originally supplied to Mr. C. Chamberlain, its first English owner, to his residence in Switzerland, this elegant example is reputed to have been on the Rolls-Royce stand at the 1926 Geneva Motor Show. It was then repatriated to the UK in 1931. Little is known between then and the early 1970's when the body was refurbished by Ron Poole, the ex- Rolls-Royce coachbuilder. Finished in its original yellow coachwork with contrasting black wings and still sporting its original 1920's coachwork, this spritely open tourer has an interior trimmed in buttoned-back black leather with red carpets. A new roof frame and black hood has also recently been fitted. Used regularly, it is reported by the vendor as driving very well and starting on the button. Currently supplied with an MoT test certificate valid until May 2013, the pleasure of piloting the pre-war Rolls-Royce should not be underestimated and this is the perfect chance to perhaps turn a long held dream into reality.
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