Lot 235 - 1929 13051 20hp Dual-Cowl, Boat-tail Tourer by F.W. Griffin
|Odometer reading||9,002 miles|
|Estimate||£20,000 - £25,000|
|Result||Sold - £33,600|
Code-named 'Goshawk', several experimental chassis had shown most promising results when strenuous 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 a reduced turning circle gave the 20hp fine handling.
This 20hp, late model (vertical radiator shutters) was first registered on the 17th July, 1929 and still retains the original London registration number, UV20. Originally supplied with a Weyman Fabric Saloon by coachbuilders, Freestone & Webb, it was subsequently thought to have been re-bodied during the war as an ambulance and delivered to the West Riding Ambulance Authority. GEN74 was then converted again to a much more sporting Boat tail body by F.W. Griffin. Finished in Ivory with a contrasting red leather Roi-de-Belge style interior, this most recent incarnation has been executed with care and the quality of build is very good. The boattail decking has utilised high quality wood with a pale inlay with the varnished finish showing no signs of age. The rear-most section opens with a T-key and provides storage for two large soft bags or similar. Streamliner running boards connect well with the (thought to be) original front wings and the overall profile is considered sporting. The radiator has been recently re-cored and an electric fuel pump has been installed. Boasting its correct starting handle, it is supplied with some original history, a UK registration certificate and a full 12 month MoT test certificate. This interesting tourer combines good value with a classic dynamic design.
Previous lotLot 234 - 1960 12987 190SL
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