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Lot 125: Rolls-Royce 20/25 Three Position Drophead

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

By the late 1920s, the trend for ever-heavier coachwork on the Rolls-Royce 20 HP had inevitably had a detrimental effect on performance. Rolls-Royce's solution was to increase the comparatively small six cylinder engine's capacity from just over three litres to 3699cc which, together with a stronger crankshaft allowing increased rpm, raised its output to 25hp. The 20/25 became the most popular of all pre-war Rolls-Royces.

This was largely because its increased engine size  over its predecessors  allowed for the more refined motoring expected of this period; it is still considered a delight to drive and remains a favourite among collectors. Contemporary road tests remarked upon the exquisite precision of all the controls, one saying that the car behaved so beautifully that it would be difficult to drive badly. Flexibility and braking were outstanding and the chassis proved surprisingly brisk, achieving 0-50 in approximately 20 seconds.

GYD 22 is a superb example of a Rolls-Royce 20/25 which is fitted with the now rare 3 position drop head coupe bodywork in the style of Windovers. The car is a very well know throughout Europe, particularly in R.-R.E.C. circles, and has attended a wide range of events with its fastidious owner. Most recently, it has just completed a R.-R.E.C. rally of 800 miles.

Restored in 2005, and re-bodied as a Three Position Drophead, the vendor describes GYD 22 as in excellent overall condition. During the restoration, the car was fitted with a new leather upholstered interior, and a new mohair hood was installed.

Mechanically, GYD 22 is described as in superb working order, with a total mileage, according to the vendor, of 75,100. Documentation includes various MoTs dating from 2001 and a UK V5.

This charming Three Position Drop Head oozes pre-war charisma, and remains a vehicle in which to take great pride and satisfaction at a more affordable price than an original. Not to be missed.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number125
Estimate£30000-£40000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£40000
Year1934
Condition rating1
Registration numberJK 4111
Mileage-
Chassis numberGYD 22
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2