Lot 1994


1936 Rolls-Royce Open-Drive Shooting Brake
Reg. no. CYX 777
Chassis no. GHL 4
Engine no. B28B
In 1936 the 20/25 Rolls-Royce received a much needed increase in engine capacity, and this 4,257cc unit powered the new 25/30 model. Rolls-Royce felt that there was a demand for this new model as the trend of the wealthy clientele was to instruct their coachbuilders to build ever more elaborate and therefore heavier bodies, on a chassis that was fast becoming under-powered. The 25/30 was therefore born.
This Rolls-Royce has a fascinating history, in particular the body. We understand that this body was discovered many years ago on the Methuen Estate in Corsham, Wiltshire, clothing the remains of a shooting brake that had been used entirely on the estate. It had belonged to the grandfather of the present Lord Methuen and had served as the estate coach with bodywork commissioned from S. & A. Fullers of Bath. The car we offer here was restored in 1980 by the present owner’s father, who ran Shaw Classic Cars and Peter Grange Jackson of Rolls-Royce. The engine and running gear was professionally restored and the car was then rebuilt in the style of the much earlier Silver Ghost model, using some original Ghost parts such as the radiator. The headlamps by repute had even adorned a car belonging to a Maharaja. The discovered Methuen body was then given a new lease of life and was restored to cloth this Edwardian style Rolls-Royce. This car then became a regular sight around Bath, transporting tourists around all the attractions. VIP passengers included Richard Branson and Miss World.
The car has been laid up for approximately the last 25 years, however when moved recently it started first time. Here is a Rolls-Royce that combines the elegance of the Edwardian era with the legendary reliability and performance of the mid 1930s. It will now require re-commissioning prior to use and is brought to the market with a V5c, an old style V5, a buff continuation logbook and various snippets of history including copies of newspaper articles etc.

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