1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Touring Saloon
This Rolls Royce boasts Park Ward’s handsome, Continental-style, owner-driver coachwork, which is exceptionally pleasing and typical of its day.
The car’s accompanying (copy) chassis cards record that it was delivered new in 1935 to Mr. R. G. Connelly, while there is correspondence on file relating to various subsequent owners
Main features & characteristics
The introduction of a smaller Rolls-Royce – the 20hp – in 1922 enabled the company to cater for the increasingly important owner-driver market that appreciated the quality of Rolls-Royce engineering but did not need a car as large as a 40/50hp Ghost or Phantom. The ‘Twenty’ proved eminently suited to town use, yet could cope admirably with Continental touring when called upon. Its successor, the 20/25hp, introduced in 1929, up-dated the concept with significant improvements, featuring an enlarged (from 3,127 to 3,669cc) and more-powerful cross-flow version of the Twenty’s six-cylinder, overhead-valve engine. Produced concurrently with the Phantom II, the 20/25 benefited from many of the larger model’s improvements, such as synchromesh gears and centralised chassis lubrication, becoming the best-selling Rolls-Royce of the inter-war period.
Park Ward’s handsome
This example boasts Park Ward’s handsome, Continental-style, owner-driver coachwork, which is exceptionally pleasing and typical of its day. The car’s accompanying (copy) chassis cards record that it was delivered new in 1935 to Mr R G Connelly, while there is correspondence on file relating to various subsequent owners. The vendor purchased the car at auction in 2007, when it was imported into The Netherlands. Subject of much loving attention while in previous ownership, ‘GLG28’ had already benefited from an engine bottom-end overhaul (1968), complete interior re-trim (1980), brake and steering overhaul (1981), wheels re-spoked and stove-enamelled (1981) and a top-end overhaul, including new cylinder head, in 1983; this last is an important point as the model is prone to ’head trouble in old age. Previously maintained by West Hoathly Garage and since 1990 by Sargeants of Goudhurst, the car has further benefited from an engine rebuild and radiator re-core (1991) and a suspension overhaul and new clutch in 1999, since when fewer than 2,000 miles have been covered. ‘GLG28’ is offered complete with original fitted luggage, invoices dating back to 2007 (plus one from 1968), expired MoTs dating back to 1990, (photocopy) old-style logbook, current road fund licence and Swansea V5 document.
Condition of the car
The current mileage is 24,000 which there is evidence to suggest this is genuine. The paintwork is in perfect order in cream over black, after a total respray in 2014. The engine starts right away and is running perfectly. A massive history file comes with the car going into minute detail the works carried out. This is certainly a car to fall in love with! The asking price is 75.000 euro.