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Lot 409: Rolls-Royce 25/30hp Sedanca de Ville

Rolls-Royce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia, Bonhams (19 June 2010)

The new 'small' Rolls-Royce 25/30hp model was first displayed on Stand 113 at the Olympia Show in October 1936. It borrowed many of its design features from the exceptionally successful 20/25hp model which it succeeded, however the engine of the new car was enlarged to 4,257cc to accommodate the demand for larger coachwork without compromising performance. Acclaimed by The Motor after a 350 mile trial, that magazine referred to 'the high average speed of which it proves capable without sense of hurry or fatigue' and reported how 'every control, down to the humble hand lever used to set the throttle, works smoothly and provides an accurate response to the driver's wishes'. The Motor summarised the new model as 'a charming car to drive and one which is well mannered, quiet, responsive and possessed of an ample reserve of power.' The 25/30hp enjoyed a production run from 1936 to 1938 when it was replaced with the new Wraith. Some 1,201 chassis were to leave the Derby factory, destined for bespoke coachbuilders and their esteemed customers.

GTL 76, equipped with elegant Sedanca de Ville coachwork by H J Mulliner & Co. Ltd. of Chiswick, enjoys the distinction of having been the personal car of Jack Barclay, principal of London's most famous Rolls-Royce and Bentley dealers in Berkeley Square. It was used by him throughout the war years, driven at the time by his chauffeur, and meticulously maintained in the company workshops. Although its full subsequent history is not recorded the car was extensively restored to a very high standard by a recognised marque specialist during the 1990s and has held its head high in concours d'�l�gance line-ups. Acquired in 2008 by the vendor, a R-REC member and regular concours d'�l�gance winner with club-eligible cars, DGU 1 has been treated to a bare metal respray this year in black over burgundy. The car is well presented throughout and furnished with biscuit-coloured leather interior. It is equipped with polished aluminium wheel discs and sports the Spirit of Ecstasy mascot. Jack Barclay would be proud of his old car which is now offered with its original and distinctive registration mark, current road fund licence and MoT certificate.

Lot Details
Auction Rolls-Royce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia
Bonhams, Rockingham Castle, Northamptonshire
Lot Number409
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£37500
Hammer Price (inc premium)£42750
Condition rating0
Registration numberDGU 1
Chassis numberGTL76
Engine numberG24V
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