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Lot 418: Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Tourer

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

The introduction of a smaller Rolls-Royce, the 20hp, in 1922 enabled the company to cater for the increasingly important owner-driver market that appreciated the quality of Rolls-Royce engineering but did not need a car as large as a 40/50hp Ghost or Phantom. The 'Twenty' proved eminently suited to town use, yet could cope admirably with Continental touring when called upon. Its successor, the 20/25hp, introduced in 1929, up-dated the concept with significant improvements, featuring an enlarged (from 3.1 to 3.7 litres) and more-powerful version of the Twenty's six-cylinder overhead-valve engine. Produced contemporaneously with the Phantom II, the 20/25 benefited from many of the features, such as synchromesh gears and centralised chassis lubrication, developed for the larger model, and would become the best-selling Rolls-Royce of the inter-war period. The Rolls-Royce 20/25hp was, of course, an exclusively coachbuilt automobile and most of the great British coachbuilding firms offered designs, many of them unique, on the 20/25hp chassis. First owned by one J R Follett, the car presented here though was originally bodied as a four-door saloon by the less well known Mayfair Carriage Company, a firm responsible for some elegant 'standard' designs on Alvis chassis during the 1930s. Chassis number 'GRW64' was purchased by the current vendor in 1971 and treated to a long-term 'ground upwards' restoration, which included a complete engine overhaul, rewired electrics, new interior and a new tourer body in Vanden Plas style by renowned specialist, Tony Robinson. Completed in May 1998, the car has covered only 1,372 miles since then and remains in commensurate condition. A complete set of weather equipment (side screens, tonneau, etc) is included in the sale and the vehicle also comes with old-style logbook, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5.

Lot Details
Auction Rolls-Royce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia
Bonhams, Rockingham Castle, Northamptonshire
Lot Number418
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£37000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£42200
Condition rating0
Registration numberAJJ 485
Chassis numberGRW64
Engine numberW3P
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors