19th Jun, 2024 13:00

Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

Lot 48

1936 Rolls-Royce 25/30 Sedanca de Ville

Estimated at £30,000 - £35,000

Lot details

Registration No: DYK 479
Chassis No: GRM 54
MOT: Exempt

  • Fitted with its original Barker coachwork with twin spare wheels
  • Current ownership since 2014
  • Featured in the book Those Elegant Rolls-Royce by Lawrence Dalton
  • Subject to c.£10,000 with of expenditure in current ownership

Maintaining its policy of offering one ‘Large’ and one ‘Small’ model (the terms being purely relative!), Rolls-Royce introduced the 20/25 in 1929 as a successor to the outgoing 20hp. Though the newcomer was intended to appeal to owner drivers, many examples were in fact sold to customers with chauffeurs. Power came from an enlarged version of the straight-six unit used in the 20hp. Now of 3699cc, it made for swifter acceleration and a higher top speed – up to 75mph, depending on the chosen body. The four-speed manual gearbox featured the manufacturer’s traditional right-hand change and was equipped with synchromesh on the top two ratios from 1932 onwards. The substantial chassis sported rigid axles front and rear suspended on semi-elliptic leaf springs. The four-wheeled braking was mechanically servo-assisted. In 1936, the company opted to increase the performance once more, further enlarging the engine to 4257cc to create the so-called 25/30, of which 1,201 examples were made before the model was superseded by the Wraith in 1938. Like many Rolls-Royces of this elegance, the 25/30 marque starred on the silver screen, most notably in ‘The Naked Truth’ and ‘Death on the Nile’.

Clothed as a Sedanca de Ville by Barker & Co and still wearing its original Barker coachwork with its twin spare wheels, chassis number GRM54 was supplied new in 1936 to Mrs Barrett. The specification includes a sporting raked windscreen, twin side-mounted spare wheels, 'pillarless' rear windows and its original fitted luggage, the Rolls-Royce's Black livery is complemented by matching leather upholstery to the front seats with Beige cloth to the rear for its passengers. Understood to have had just two subsequent keepers up to 2010, it was purchased by the previous keeper from H&H Classics in 2010. We understand that in his custodianship the mechanical work included the car being tended to by Paynes of Oxford, who machined aluminium heads with valve seats refaced and valves ground in, a head pressure test was positive, a new head gasket fitted, the cylinder block inspected. In addition, a number of ancillaries were overhauled or replaced.

Subsequently purchased by the vendor in July 2014, in current ownership, ‘DYL 479’ has benefitted from a brake servo, battery master switch, four new tyres and tubes in July 2015. In December 2017 it saw a new prop shaft an carburettor fettling of the choke and carburettor (at a cost of £1,638.22), new leaves to the front springs plus shackles (at a cost of £4,150.92), a service of the fuel pump and water pump, the radiator cleaned (it didn't require a re-core), block side plates removed and cleaned and the head removed for cleaning. Much of the work for the vendor was carried out by McKenzie Guppy Ltd, Dorset, specialists in Vintage Bentley and Rolls Royce. In summary, ‘DYK 479’ has been subject to c.£10,000 with of expenditure in current ownership. Featured in the book Those Elegant Rolls-Royce by Lawrence Dalton, this Sedanca de Ville is offered with a collection of invoices on file and the V5C Registration Document.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


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