Lot 206 - 1938 Rolls-Royce 25/30 Close Coupled Saloon by Hooper
|Odometer reading||82,791 miles|
|Result||Sold - £19,040|
- A lovely 'owner driver' saloon
- Fully overhauled in the 1990's
- Very well maintained and cared for example
The Rolls-Royce 25/30 built between 1936 and 1938 is an updated version of the 20/25 with a larger engine to provide more power for the over-large bodies which had been fitted to the earlier model leading to complaints about its performance. The in-line six-cylinder, overhead valve, engine is similar to that used in the 20/25 but increased in capacity to 4,257cc. A single proprietary Stromberg downdraught carburettor replaced the Rolls-Royce one and magneto ignition was no longer fitted but a spare ignition coil was provided. The riveted chassis has rigid front and rear axles suspended by half-elliptic springs with hydraulic dampers. Braking is on all four wheels assisted by a mechanical servo with separate rear brakes fitted for the handbrake. The traditional Rolls-Royce radiator features vertical louvres, the angle of which is controlled thermostatically to control engine cooling. Only the chassis and mechanical parts were made by Rolls-Royce. The body was then made and fitted by a coachbuilder selected by the owner.
This lovely and stylish Rolls-Royce 25/30 Close Coupled Saloon by Hooper was delivered to the first owner Mrs Jarrett Thorpe of Hucclecote, near Gloucester on 5th March 1938. According to the Rolls-Royce records kept with the RREC Mrs Thorpe kept the car for sixteen years with it being acquired by the second owner, a Dr. Huw. D. Walters of Llangadog, Carmarthenshire in August 1954. In the 1950’s and 60’s Dr. Walters built up a collection of about twelve pre-war cars. The current owner’s late father, who lived in Llangadog, purchased this 25/30 with a couple of other cars from Dr. Walters in the late 1980’s. According to the current owner this ‘owner driver’ Rolls-Royce has always been very well maintained, it has been fully overhauled and runs and drives superbly. Finished in the original colour of French Grey with a grey Bedford cord cloth interior, this lovely Close Coupled Saloon is supplied with a V5C registration document, the original kneeling lady mascot and copies of the Rolls-Royce record cards and build sheets supplied by the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club. This is an opportunity to purchase an ‘owner driver’ Close Coupled Saloon that has been lovingly maintained and is ready to be used and enjoyed.
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