Lot 211 - 1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Landaulette by Thrupp & Maberley
|Chassis Number||GBJ 71|
|Odometer reading||27,426 miles|
|Result||Sold - £28,000|
This lovely 1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Landaulette by Thrupp & Maberley, body number 6185, was one of only three built to design number TC1015/F. This Landaulette was built for and delivered to the Maharaja of Baroda Sayajirao Gaekwad III, the second richest man in the World at that time. It returned a year later and sold to Mr James Deucher who rented Dissington Hall, a country mansion situated on the banks of the River Pont at North Dissington, Northumberland.
In 1939 it was purchased by Mrs. M. B. Wells-Cole who kept the car until she passed away at the age of 100 years old in 1966. It was then acquired by Mr. C. D. Sykes who exported this 20/25 to South Africa in 1968. The next record of the car is in 1978 when George Hassen of London then took the car to the US. Repatriated to the UK in 1991, it was purchased at a Brooks auction in 1995 by Ernie Boyce and added to his fleet of wedding cars. In his ownership, in 1997 he had the engine rebuilt by marque specialists Ristes Motor Company and then had the car repainted in black with cream insert.
Purchased by the present vendor in 2004, he has kept it fully maintained including finding a small crack in the cylinder head, which he then had removed and had it professionally repaired, overhauled, and then replaced it using a new cylinder head gasket. The interior is very original with the exception of the rear seat, the rear door cards and side arm rests where the West of England cloth has been replaced with beige leather. The two occasional fold out seats are still in the original West of England cloth. The owner has the original rear blinds, footrest, and engine undertrays which will be supplied with the car. The front compartment has its original black leather seats with the locking tool trays with some original Rolls-Royce tools underneath. This 20/25 Landaulette is supplied with a V5 registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in October 2023, a good history file, four new tyres and a note book containing maintenance information of work carried out since 2004. This is a lovely, reliable, useable pre-war Rolls-Royce.
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. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. 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.