Lot 210 - 1936 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Sportsman Coupé by H. J. Mulliner
|Odometer reading||36,292 miles|
|Result||Sold - £33,600|
- A unique Fixedhead Coupé
- A good history
- Fully maintained and runs well
The introduction of a smaller Rolls-Royce, the 20hp, in 1922 enabled the company to cater for the increasingly important ‘owner driver’ market. Its successor, the 20/25, introduced in 1929, up-dated the concept with significant improvements, featuring an enlarged (from 3.1 to 3.7 litres) and more-powerful version of the Twenty's six-cylinder overhead-valve engine. Produced contemporaneously with the Phantom II, the 20/25 benefited from many of the features, such as synchromesh gears and centralised chassis lubrication, developed for the larger model, and would become the best-selling Rolls-Royce of the inter-war period. The Rolls-Royce 20/25 was, of course, an exclusively coachbuilt car, and most of the great British coachbuilding firms offered designs, many of them unique, on the 20/25 chassis.
This lovely, unique Rolls-Royce 20/25 two-door, two seat fixedhead coupé was specially built by H. J. Mulliner along the lines of the American style sportsman coupé for R Allen Esq. and delivered to Sutton Brailes Hall near Banbury, Oxfordshire in March 1936. The next owner, D.S. Astbury acquired it in 1959 after which it entered the collection of Dr Huw D. Walters in Llangadog, Carmarthenshire. The current owners father purchased the 20/25 from Dr Walters in the late 1980’s. The vendor believes that the mileage of 36,292 to be genuine. This coupé has some unusual features including a very large boot, door in the side behind the passenger door to give easy access to get your golf clubs and a special compartment on the passenger side that contains the hand tools. When new the coachwork was black but shortly after being purchased in the late 1980’s the colour was changed to the striking combination of maroon with brown above the swage line and brown wings and running boards but retaining the original beige cloth interior. This unique Rolls-Royce 20/25 is supplied with a V5C registration document, the original handbook and copies of the original specification sheets and chassis cards supplied by the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club. We are informed that the car runs and drives very well having been fully maintained and well looked after.
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