Lot 260 - 1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Tickford Silver Jubilee Cabriolet by Salmons
|Estimate||£48,000 - £54,000|
The Rolls-Royce 20/25 was built between 1929 and 1936 and succeeded the 20hp as Rolls-Royce's 'small car'. It was intended to appeal to owner drivers but many were sold to customers with chauffeurs. The in-line 6 cylinder overhead valve engine was similar to that used in the 20HP but was enlarged to 3699cc by increasing the bore from 76mm to 82mm with the stroke remaining at 114mm. A single Rolls-Royce carburettor was used and both coil and magneto ignition was fitted. The four speed gearbox was mounted in unit with the engine and a traditional right hand change used. Synchromesh was fitted to third and top gears from 1932. The substantial chassis had rigid front and rear axles suspended by half elliptic springs with braking on all four wheels assisted by a mechanical servo. Separate rear brakes were fitted for the handbrake. The famous Rolls-Royce radiator with triangular top was used with vertical louvres, the angle of which could be adjusted to control engine cooling. The larger engine also allowed the top speed to increase but many owners had large limousine bodies fitted to the chassis with the predictable degradation of performance.
The 1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Tickford Silver Jubilee Cabriolet by Salmons was built to special order to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of King George V. Tickford was the trade name for a wind-down fabric roof, able to be raised and lowered using a handle which was placed into the mechanism above the lefthand rear wing. Designed by Arthur H. Dalby-Balls in 1925, these were exclusively made by Salmons & Sons Ltd., who took the name from their Tickford Street location in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire. Purchased by the vendor's husband in 1980, the car was used sparingly as part of a wedding fleet and at Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club rallies, and being an engineer he maintained the car to the highest of standards, including removing and overhauling the hood mechanism, which we can confirm works as well now as when it was new. This 20/25 was taken off the road in 2002 due to the owner's ill heath but the maintenance continued and the car runs and drives well. This very original Rolls-Royce 20/25 is finished in black with grey inserts, black leather seats and a fawn coloured roof and is supplied with a V5C registration document, a copy of the original bill of sale, a copy of the original chassis cards, both showing that the car was ordered from new with this body from Salmons, handbook, mascot and town cap. A very rare, rather splendid, four door cabriolet.
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