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Lot 201: Rolls-Royce 25/30 Limousine

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

Maximum speeds in the middle 1930s were increasing considerably as the standards of roadbuilding increased across Europe and higher average speeds became possible. The bore was increased, raising capacity and, more importantly, torque. A single proprietary Stromberg downdraught carburettor replaced the Rolls-Royce one, and magneto ignition was no longer fitted, though a standby coil was provided. The four-speed gearbox is mounted in unit with the engine, and RR's traditional traditional right-hand change remained, with synchromesh fitted to third and top gears. The massively over-engined chassis has rigid front and rear axles suspended by half-elliptic springs with hydraulic dampers. Braking is on all four wheels assisted by a mechanical servo, famously under licence from Hispano-Suiza. Separate rear brakes are fitted for the handbrake. The traditional Rolls-Royce radiator with triangular top was used with vertical louvres, the angle of which is controlled thermostatically to control engine cooling. This car carries an Abbot of Farnham limousine body. The chassis is reported by the vendor to be in excellent unmolested condition with silent transmission. The central chassis lubrication is reported to work to all four corners of the car. The Type 6 luggage grid is still present and working, well capable of carrying a Brooks trunk. The built in jacking system is fully functional and the jack handle is present together with the other large tools. The floor boards are original with all their catches functional which make access to the oily bits easy. The roof caries fittings which would seem suitable for a roof rack but it has been suggested that these are fitting from a wartime gas bag, when gas was a substitute for petrol. Upholstery is smart with cloth rear seat, Bedford cord headlining and the front seats are original blue leather in very good condition, apparently remarkably supple for 75 years old!!! There are also two fold away seats in the rear. This car represents an ideal entry to pre-war Rolls Royce ownership, it benefits from being re-commissioned it back to its original 1937 state, and is the perfect candidate for period movie or TV use.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number201
Estimate£22000-£28000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1936
Condition rating2
Registration numberBOU 616
Mileage-
Chassis numberGWN 33
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4