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Lot 412: Rolls-Royce 25/30hp Sedanca Coupe

Quail Lodge Sale, Bonhams (16 August 2012)

* 4,257cc inline six-cylinder * Four-speed manual transmission * Former AACA National First Prize winner * Attractive Sedanca coachwork * Attractive Gurney Nutting Owen Sedanca There are few better combinations of coachbuilder and car manufacturer than the pairing of the legendary Gurney Nutting and Rolls-Royce brands. Through the mid to late 1930s, the highly talented designer A.F. McNeill was responsible for penning the innovative Sedanca de Ville and Sedanca Coupes which catered for the rapidly evolving market that both companies were adapting to. Gone was the need for a design that catered for a separate chauffeur compartment, as more and more cars were orientated to owner-driver use, yet still the visual design of a Sedanca remained in fashion. These cleverly styled Coupes covered both bases and allowed that owner driver to enjoy the benefits of open or closed motoring. They are arguably among the most beautiful designs to grace cars of any era and naturally owing to the modest numbers of these cars that were assembled they have always been coveted. Today, these exquisite cars built on the variety of Rolls-Royce and indeed Bentley chassis can be found in some of the world's finest collections of automobiles. This 1937 example offers the purchaser of the car the opportunity to be part of an exclusive group of collectors as well as to own a truly show-stopping piece of 1930s design. Interestingly enough, the famed London dealers H.R. Owen who commissioned many of these Sedancas denoted this particular order as being 'Stock for U.S.A.' which suggests that they felt it was most likely to be sold to this country. In actuality its first ownerships were in the UK, first to a Mr. J.C. Lucas of Leamington and The Welcome Hotel in Stratford Upon Avon and then to an R. Aldridge of Welbeck House in London's W1. Its history after this is not known at present, but it had certainly arrived in the U.S. by 1990 as we do know that it received a restoration that year at the hands of the renowned Rolls-Royce specialist Al Pruitt. At the time, the quality of this work was sufficient to provide it with an AACA National First Prize and as is so often the case, having been completed to such a high degree it has stood the tests of time well. Displaying all of the hallmarks of the famed coachbuilder, including its leather covered coupe roof, landau irons on the rear quarter panels and a low windshield line, the color choice works beautifully and allows the multitude of chrome detail pieces to gently accent/heighten rather than directly contrast its lines. With exquisite proportions and a quality restoration, this represents the epitome of pre-war elegance and would still stand out on any concours field.

Lot Details
Auction Quail Lodge Sale
Bonhams, Carmel, California, USA
TypeCar
Lot Number412
Estimate$170000-$190000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1937
Condition rating1
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Chassis numberGXM 11
Engine numberH28V
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