Lot 171 - 1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Park Ward Saloon

Lot 171 - 1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Park Ward Saloon

Lot 171 - 1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Park Ward Saloon

Lot Number 171
Registration BLP 241
Chassis Number GFE17
Engine Number M8N
Odometer reading 2,303 miles
Estimate £22,000 - £30,000
Result Sold - £26,036
  • Mechanically overhauled
  • £30,000 in recent expenditure
  • Overdrive fitted to the gearbox

A logical progression from Rolls-Royce's first `owner driver' model, the 20hp, the 20/25hp was introduced in 1929 and remained in production until 1936. Near identical to its forebear, at least to begin with, the newcomer enjoyed a greater turn of speed thanks to an enlarged overhead valve, straight six engine. Fed by a single Rolls-Royce carburettor and carrying both magneto and coil ignition, the super-smooth power plant was mounted in unit with a four-speed manual gearbox. Capable of supporting a wide variety of coachwork, the 20/25hp's substantial ladder frame chassis was equipped with all round semi-elliptic leaf-sprung suspension, four wheel drum brakes and a mechanical servo.

The first owner of this wonderful Park Ward bodied 20/25 was a Mr. John Pinkerton who, remarkably, owned the car from 6th December 1934 all the way through to 1st February 2003, when he sold it onto a Mr. Cyril James - an incredible 68 years with one owner. Since then the car has been owned by a further two people before being acquired by the vendor in 2016. An addition to his collection, the vendor went about a complete mechanical restoration of the car in 2018, sending it to Beacon Hill Garage in Hindhead where some £23,419.29 was spent on rebuilding the engine with new pistons, conrods etc, as well as going through the car from front to back. Included in the rebuild was a new radiator at a cost of over £2,000 alone. The carburettor was stripped, ultrasonically cleaned and rebuilt, the exhaust repaired and refitted, the electrics and trafficators were all gone through and repaired as was the starter motor and clutch. The fuel tank was removed, inspected and serviced with new gaskets and five new tyres were supplied and fitted along with new inner tubes. Indeed, the vendor reports that he has spent over £30,000 getting the car mechanically perfect including the addition of overdrive allowing for easy cruising at 70mph. The chassis is in very good order, as is the body and interior. Whilst there are still elements any new owner may wish to improve on, they are merely cosmetic and the expensive work has all been carried out. As you would expect, the vendor reports the car to run and drive very well.

Supplied with a V5C registration document, invoice for the recent, extensive work, MoT test certificates, an original Rolls-Royce 20/25 handbook as well as the car’s original toolkit. This car manages to maintain a wonderful patina, whilst providing the peace of mind that comes from the knowledge that it is mechanically sorted and ready to travel, wherever the heart desires.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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