1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Park Ward Four Light Limousine
Reg. no. AGC 500
Chassis no. GWX 30
Engine no. B8L
The 20/25 was launched in 1929 as the replacement for the 20 as Rolls-Royce’s ‘small’ car – although small in this case is of course relative to the gargantuan Phantom of the era. For many luxury manufacturers the Great Depression which started in 1929 proved fatal; for Rolls-Royce, however, the 20/25 was the saviour. Wealthy customers, whose fortunes had taken a hit and couldn’t justify the expense of an 8-litre Bentley, a Hispano Suiza, or indeed Rolls’ own Phantom, turned to the 20/25 in droves. Some even deigned to drive themselves, doing away with the need for a chauffeur – the car had been designed with this in mind. Compared to the 20, the engine size was increased to 3.7 litres, the new car offering a useful step up in performance, especially given the larger, heavier bodies that were coming into fashion at the time. As was the case for most luxury cars of the era, factory bodies were not available – Rolls-Royce supplied the rolling chassis to a coachbuilder of the customer’s choice. 3827 20/25s were made, the most of any inter-war Rolls-Royce, and over 70% of these are still in existence today, a testimony to the car’s quality.
This car was originally ordered by a Colonel Richard Needham in 1932; the original order form is amongst the paperwork with the car. It subsequently spent many years abroad before returning to the UK in 1997. Bodied as a six-light limousine by Park Ward, it remains in good condition. Said to drive well, with good oil pressure and consistent temperature, it also retains its trafficators, still in working condition although sensibly augmented by modern flashing indicators. It comes with a V5C.
Extra details and estimates:
£27,500 - 28,500
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