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Lot 420: 1924 Rolls-Royce 20hp Doctors Coupe

Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2007)

1924 Rolls-Royce 20hp Doctors CoupeRegistration Number DS 9474 Chassis Number GRK 6From 1906 to 1922 Rolls-Royce had kept to a one-model policy, that being the 40/50 HP Silver Ghost, but after the Great War inflation resulted in a drop in sales and it was decided to produce a smaller car. This was the 20 HP model, which was originally identified by its horizontal radiator shutters. Code named 'Goshawk 2' the 20 HP featured a six-cylinder overhead valve engine of just over 3 litres with a compression ratio of 4.6:1, giving about 50bhp.Introduced in 1922, and quickly nick-named the Baby Rolls, the 20HP was warmly received and soon became a popular model. Coachwork could be sourced from a wide variety of specialist concerns in closed, open or touring forms. The centrally-mounted gear lever and handbrake, however, did lead to some criticism and in 1925 these were re-sited on the right-hand side of the body as on larger Rolls-Royce models; at the same time the transmission was changed to a four-speed unit, together with four wheel braking assisted by Rolls-Royce's own gearbox-driven mechanical servo. Production ceased in 1929 after a total of 2,940 20HP models had been manufactured.Manufactured in 1924 this 20hp is in good condition all round. GRK 6 was delivered new to Miss Pilkington in Bournemouth. Finished in cream, with blue wings and running boards this car was re-bodied by Brewster to its current Doctors Coupe body work in period. The interior is finished in blue and is also in fine order.The car is supplied with a V5 document, current MoT valid until June 2008, various invoices, a copy of the instruction manual and photos of the restoration.Estimate £28,000 - £34,000

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number420
Estimate£28000-£34000
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1924
Condition rating0
Registration numberDS 9474
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Chassis numberGRK 6
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