1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Saloon by Thrupp & MaberlySOLD
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Sold: £18291

By the late 1920s, the trend for ever-heavier coachwork on the Rolls-Royce 20hp had inevitably had a detrimental effect on performance. Rolls-Royce’s solution was to increase the comparatively small six cylinder engine’s capacity from just over three litres to 3,699cc which, together with a stronger crankshaft allowing increased rpm, raised its output to 25HP.

As with the 20hp, the 20/25 was warmly received and proved immensely popular, soon more than doubling sales of the big Phantom II. Various detail improvements were made to the 20/25 during its seven year production life, including rises in compression ratio in 1930 and 1932; the latter year also saw the introduction of synchromesh for the third and fourth gear ratios, thermostatically controlled radiator grille shutters, a one-shot centralised lubrication system and an electric fuel gauge. Bodywork was supplied by a number of coachbuilder builders in this instance, Thrupp & Maberly. Based in London, it was formed by a merger in 1858 of the carriage builders Joseph Thrupp, who established his business in George Street (near Portman Square) in 1760, and George Maberly. From horse drawn carriages they moved into making car bodies in 1896 with an order from the Queen of Spain. More commissions followed and the business grew leading to large numbers of bodies for staff cars being made during World War I. In 1924 they moved to new premises in Cricklewood, London but kept a showroom in North Audley Street. Thrupp & Maberly remained a prestige coachbuilder concentrating on luxury bodies for Rolls-Royce, Daimler and Bentley. In 1929 they built the body for Sir Henry Segrave’s land speed record car the Golden Arrow. Additional premises were obtained in 1936 in the old Darracq works in Warple Way, Acton, London. Thrupp & Maberly were well thought of and their bodies were often the coachwork of choice for Rolls-Royce owners.

Lady Auckland was no different and had very specific requirements when she ordered her car. These included her family crest on the rear doors as well as a double tool tray under the front passenger seat, division, microphone telecommunication and front facing occasional seating. The bulb horn still works and in the rear cabin is a compartment for papers and wallets etc. Indeed, the leather wallet still contains a signed AA membership card from 1953. The front cabin has been re-upholstered with an ignition cut out under the drivers position. A touring trunk can be found to the rear of the car. The general condition is charming but currently requires a little love to bring back to the condition Lady Auckland would have approved of. A remarkably complete motorcar right down to the yellow tinted touring headlamp covers. A real time-warp example.

Reference Number 39601

as of 2/27/2009

Car 1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Saloon by Thrupp & Maberly
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