Lot 626: 1937 Rolls-Royce 25/30hp Limousine
Coachwork by Hooper & Co
The trend towards increasingly weighty coachwork prompted Rolls-Royce to revise their highly successful 20/25hp model for 1936. Raising the capacity of the six-cylinder overhead-valve engine from 3,699cc to 4,257cc provided the required power increase, while the policy of using more proprietary components begun towards the end of 20/25 production saw the new 25/30 adopt a Stromberg carburettor and SU fuel pumps. In its superlative build quality and all other respects, the new Rolls-Royce remained much as its immediate predecessor, with channel-section chassis, semi-elliptic springing all round, adjustable hydraulic shock absorbers, servo-assisted brakes and four-speed, right-hand change gearbox. The model lasted until the introduction of the Wraith in 1939, by which time 1,240 cars had been built.
The accompanying copy order form records that long-wheelbase chassis number ‘GGM22’ was sent for bodying as an enclosed limousine to the respected West London-based firm of Hooper & Co, carriage makers to Queen Victoria and King Edward VII and arguably the finest of all British coachbuilders. Stated as for use in ‘the United Kingdom, Town and Touring’, the car was sold to first owner, Mr Frank Howard Farrer, of Wengs, Wolverhampton on 9th January 1937.
‘GGM22’ has been in the current owner’s possession for the past 20 years and comes with fully documented history including all invoices, expired MoTs and old tax discs. Only offered for sale because the vendor is leaving the country, the car is presented fresh from total restoration, some £100,000 having been spent on its refurbishment over the past two years, and is in pristine condition. Work undertaken included an engine rebuild by A5 Engineering at a cost of £46,000; repairs to the ash-framed body, doors and wings; bare-metal re-spray; refurbishment of all woodwork and brightwork; electrical rewiring; and a full interior re-trim by David Strange. Fewer than 2,000 miles have been covered since the engine rebuild and the vehicle further benefits from a new trunk, tyres and battery. It is offered with old-style buff logbook (issued 1949); copy build sheets, chassis cards and manufacturer’s specifications; Swansea V5 and V5C registration documents; current road fund licence and MoT to September 2008.
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Bonhams, Olympia, London,
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£36700|
|Registration number||DLK 101|
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