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Lot 02: Rolls-Royce 20/25 Tourer

Cars, H&H Sales Limited (16 June 2012)

"The driver who has never handled a Rolls-Royce is likely to want to know wherein it differs from the general run of motor cars. That is a point it is impossible to deal with adequately in few words, but the principal impressions concern the extreme delicacy of control, the amazing flexibility on top gear, the silence and quality of the acceleration, and the fact that the engine is as quiet and smooth when the car is travelling at the maximum as it is at lower speeds" (Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Road Test by The Autocar, May 29th 1931). Introduced in 1929, the 20/25 was a natural development of the 20hp -Rolls-Royce's first 'owner driver' model. Though very similar, the newcomer enjoyed a greater turn of speed thanks to an enlarged 3669cc OHV straight-six engine, which drove through a four-speed manual gearbox equipped with traditional right-hand change. The substantial ladder frame chassis was fitted with semi-elliptic leaf-sprung suspension all-round and four-wheel drum brakes. The 20/25hp remained in production until 1936, by which time some 3,827 had been sold. The fascinating Tourer being offered is based on a 1930 Rolls-Royce 20/25. The unique fabric-covered body was both designed and constructed, complete with weather equipment, by the late Peter Jackson, who had recently celebrated 50 years as a member of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club when he passed away in the December of last year. His love of engineering in general, and all things Rolls-Royce in particular, are legendary within the Rolls-Royce fraternity, as is the splendid motorcar he created; the detail of which was born of an arguably matchless understanding of the marque. Finished in Blue with Red upholstery and a wooden dashboard, 'GH 3449' is considered by the vendor to have "good" bodywork, paintwork, interior trim, engine and gearbox. It is MOT'd into October.

Lot Details
Auction Cars
H&H Sales Limited, Rockingham Castle
Lot Number02
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£22400
Condition rating
Registration numberGH 3449
Chassis numberGLR 43
Engine numberE2C
Engine capacity (cc)3669
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors