Follow Motorbase:
Search Motorbase for

Lot 421: Rolls-Royce 25/30hp Enclosed Limousine

Motorcycle and Motorcars, Bonhams & Butterfields (14 November 2009)

In 1922 Rolls-Royce introduced a smaller and slightly less powerful model, the 20, to be offered alongside the Silver Ghost. Built to the highest of Rolls-Royce engineering standards, it was quiet, reliable and luxurious. Replaced in 1929 by the more powerful 20/25, and then again in 1936 yet more powerful 25/30, with a further increase in engine size. Powered by a 4.3-liter overhead valve six cylinder engine, the 25/30 chassis was a popular alternative to the larger Phantom series of cars. 1,201 25/30 chassis were produced during the brief two-year model run, before the model was replaced in 1939 by the Wraith.

Henry Royce's pursuit for perfection had precluded the use of proprietary parts in the past, but following his death in 1933 their use became more widespread. The 20/25 and 25/30 used parts manufactured by others, including a Stromberg carburetor, SU fuel pumps, Lucas electrics, etc., and this factor enabled Rolls-Royce to limit the rising costs of manufacture. Until that time Rolls-Royce was about the only car company in the world to manufacture its own electrical equipment.

Sam acquired this Rolls-Royce in the summer of 1994. It had previously been in the collection of Paul I Myers, from whose estate the car was sold to Sam. Prior to Myers' ownership, GWN 51 resided with a gentleman from Columbus, Ohio who, it is reported, stored the car inside his house during the winter months. It is believed that this owner was the second keeper from new, indicating only four individuals have owned the car since it left the factory. Restored sometime ago, prior to even Mr. Myers ownership, it has begun to mellow with age. Certainly a car to be driven though, as the front bucket seats and period sliding sunroof add to the experience.

Lot Details
Auction Motorcycle and Motorcars
Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles
TypeCar
Lot Number421
Estimate$20000-$25000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price$25500
Hammer Price (inc premium)$29835
Year1937
Condition rating0
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis numberGWN51
Engine numberY286
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors