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Lot 170: Rolls-Royce 20/25 All Weather Tourer by TH Gill

HISTORIC COLLECTORS MOTORCARS, Coys (29 June 2013)

The 20/25 was launched to much acclaim in 1929 and was in production for seven years during which time 3,827 units were produced. Various detail improvements were made to the 20/25 during its production life, the most significant being an increase in compression ratio in 1930 and 1932. The latter year also saw the introduction of synchromesh for the third and fourth gears, thermostatically controlled radiator grille shutters, a one-shot centralised lubrication system and an electric fuel gauge. Contemporary road tests commented on the exquisite precision of all the controls, one saying that the car behaved so beautifully that it was difficult to drive badly. Flexibility and braking were outstanding and the chassis proved surprisingly brisk, 0-50mph taking approximately 20 seconds, an impressive time for the car's class and size. Sporting elegant all-weather tourer bodywork, GAU 34 was delivered to coachbuilder TH Gill of 22 Chilworth Street, Paddington, London on 17th June 1932 to be adorned with the stylish open fourseater bodywork. First registered on 19th July 1932 it was subsequently sold new via Jack Barclay in Hanover Square to Mr Hugh Ferguson of the British Plaster Board Ltd., High Holborn, London on the 8th August. Resplendent in the original colour scheme of black we are informed the car has had no modifications throughout its life and includes the original engine (W2N). The white wall tyres and white hood contrast with the black coachwork and the chrome details such as the door hinges, drivers spot light and Deco style door handles to really stand out against the beautifully-proportioned black coachwork. The interior is finished in cream hide which again contrasts nicely with exterior paintwork, and the fine wood cappings are inlaid with exquisite silver detailing. The vendor reports that everything is in working order and the car is described as being in A1 condition throughout. A history file is supplied which includes copies of the build sheets, buff log book, a V5 document and old MoT certificates. GAU 34 encapsulates the glamour of the early 1930's and represents one of the most usable and enjoyable pre-war touring cars, and an ideal introduction to those looking to experience pre-war motoring with all the style and elegance associated with the era.

Lot Details
Auction HISTORIC COLLECTORS MOTORCARS
Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number170
Estimate£85000-£100000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1932
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Registration numberGY 3910
Mileage-
Chassis numberGAU 34
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