1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Sport SaloonSOLD

Gooding & Company Classic Car Auctions

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Scottsdale Auctions on January 18 and 19, 2013. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960 or specialist@goodingco.com. Engine Specifications: 3,680 CC OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine Single 2-Jet Carburetor 65 BHP at 3,000 RPM 4-Speed Manual Gearbox 4-Wheel Servo-Assisted Drum Brakes Front and Rear Semi-Elliptical Leaf-Spring Suspension with Floating Rear Axle About this Car: This beautifully restored and fascinating 20/25 boasts a number of strong superlatives, including a rare factory-conducted chassis renumbering, unique Freestone and Webb coachwork, and an early 1980s refurbishment by one of the premier names in pre-war automobile restorations. This example of the Rolls-Royce 20/25 – the mechanically upgraded, mid-price model that was the brand’s bestselling interwar car – is also accompanied by unusually thorough documentation, including copies of original build sheets, chassis cards, service records, and engine diagnostics. Constructed on a long wheelbase designated as chassis no. GED 2, just the second example of the D2 series of 20/25 cars, this Rolls-Royce was sold on March 1, 1934, to Grimchaw Leather & Company on behalf of G.S. Houseman of Alnmouth, England. On June 14, the car was delivered to coachbuilder Freestone and Webb of London, a respected firm soon recognized for inventing the “razor-edge” styling that was so influential in late 1930s luxury cars. Clothed with a close-coupled sport saloon body with elegant sweeping fenders, this car was delivered to its owner briefly before returning to the factory for upgrades. As detailed in the factory chassis notes, this 20/25 was “modernized by fitting governor controls, shock absorbers, and a new type carburetor,” and re-designated as chassis no. GYD 42. By 1954, the car had come into the care of J.W. Cummin, of nearby Chathill, and at some point thereafter was exported to the US. Purchased in a state of disrepair during the late 1970s by the consignor, GYD 42 was treated to an extensive restoration by Bob Turnquist’s renowned Hibernia Auto Restorations in New Jersey. Completed in August 1981, this work totaled over $159,000 in receipts and is depicted in over 200 photographic prints, both of which are included in a deep file of documentation. Since the completion of this work, this 20/25 has never been exhibited, essentially remaining dutifully maintained in the consignor’s collection. Assured by the owner to be in “immaculate condition,” this unusual Rolls-Royce brings the sporty façade of the concurrent Phantom II Continental to the 20/25 chassis. Its exquisite older restoration has been faithfully preserved, highlighting the distinguished Freestone and Webb bodywork. Offering the potential of a fresh competitor at exhibitions, this stylish saloon should strike the fancy of any Rolls-Royce enthusiast or connoisseur of pre-war European coachwork, and would smartly complement any collection of high-quality classics.

Reference Number 206545

as of 2/15/2013

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Car 1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Sport Saloon
VIN GYD 42 
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