Lot 251 - 1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25 by Hooper
|Chassis Number||GWE 81|
|Odometer reading||21,143 miles|
|Result||Sold - £12,320|
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 six 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 ignitions were 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. The famous Rolls-Royce radiator with triangular top was used with vertical louvres, the angle of which could be adjusted to control engine cooling. To begin with, the radiator shutters were operated manually via a lever on the dash with later cars fitted with automatic control via a thermostat. The larger engine allowed the top speed to increase to but many owners had large limousine bodies fitted to the chassis resulting in a decline in performance.
This 1935 Rolls-Royce has been residing in The Netherlands and was repatriated to the UK recently. The body is a four door limousine and was built by Hoopers. The cream and black coachwork is a good colour combination for the car and appears to be in quite good order. The rear passenger area has additional side facing seats if required and there is also a division offering greater privacy between the passengers and chauffeur. This car will need some restoration work carried out although we are advised the engine runs. Offered for sale without reserve and supplied with registration papers from The Netherlands, this Rolls-Royce 20/25 is a great basis for a project.
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