Lot 16: Rolls-Royce 20/25 Limousine
Launched in 1929, the 20/25 followed established 'small' Rolls-Royce practice in that it was conceived and built to the same exacting standards as its larger Phantom II stablemate. Developed more or less side-by-side the two models shared improvements introduced during their respective series including thermostatically controlled radiator shutters and pedal-operated chassis lubrication. Although based around the same leaf-sprung, drum braked chassis design as its 20hp predecessor, the 20/25 enjoyed notably sharper acceleration, a higher top speed and better fuel economy, thanks to its enlarged 3669cc, straight-six OHV engine. Available with synchromesh on third and fourth gear from 1932 onwards, the 20/25 quickly drew praise from the contemporary press, Autocar noting that it had "great refinement of power, and a gentleness and quietness in doing its work, which makes results deceptive". Unlike its 25/30 successor, the 20/25 remained true to founder Henry Royce's perfectionist principles and abhorrence of bought-in components. This particular example - chassis number GHW69 - hails from December 1932 and sports limousine coachwork by Thrupp & Maberly. It is finished in the distinctive combination of Black over Yellow and features Black leather upholstery. In recent times 'YY 8530' has apparently benefited from a bare metal respray and comprehensive refurbishment of the brightwork. The interior has also come in for some attention courtesy of a replacement headlining. Having not seen regular usage since around 1965, the vehicle will, however, need a degree of recommissioning before it can return to the public roads. The vendor's thoughts on its current condition are that the bodywork is "very good, though the roof may need sealing and the bonnet adjusting", the paintwork is "excellent", the interior trim is "very good", the engine "good" and the transmission "untested on the road". The odometer currently displays an unwarranted 91,253 miles.
H&H Sales Limited, Rockingham Castle
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£17920|
|Registration number||YY 8530|
|Engine capacity (cc)||2530|
|Engine - cylinders|
|Number of doors||4|