Lot 359: Rolls-Royce 25/30 D-Back Saloon
Introduced in 1936 to replace the 20/25, the 25/30, with improved performance and refinement over the earlier car, was offered at a chassis price of £1,100, a saving of £85 over its predecessor. Those really was the days! Power was increased by 15 per cent and as a result the car could cruise comfortably at 70mph and achieve a top speed of 80mph, and acceleration from rest to 50mph in a improved to a spritely 15 seconds and an average of 17mpg even when driven hard; very impressive figures for a car that weighed over two tons. Carried forward from the 20/25 were shock absorbers known as torque reaction dampers which adjusted automatically according to the speed of the car, although the driver also had an overriding manual control. Rolls-Royce had been nurturing the owner-driver market since the introduction of the Twenty in 1922, and as the new car became noted for its ease and smoothness of control, the 25/30 was particularly suitable for the owner/driver though just as many were clothed with formal coachwork. During the car's production run from 1936 to 1938 1,200 chassis were made, a good run in a depressed economic climate. DLA 140 is a 1936 example, and is finished in white with a light brown hide interior featuring twin occasional seats; it comes with a V5 registration document, MoT certificate and road fund licence. his limousine is the perfect all round touring car for the family; versatile and comfortable, the smooth flexible 4.2 litre Six makes journeys in this grand car relaxing and refined. This car remains one of the most usable and enjoyable pre war tourers, ideally suited to country runs or club rallies where it will continue to exhibit the ease of driving it has demonstrated throughout its long life.
Coys, Royal Horticultural Halls, London, United Kingdom
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