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1937 Rolls-Royce 25/30 Saloon

Lot 42 (National Motorcycle Museum, 2nd June 2017)

Sold for £24,188

(including buyers premium)


Lot details
Registration No: Un-Reg
Chassis No: GGM27
Mot Expiry: Exempt

- Finished in silver matched to a red leather interior with Park Ward limousine coach work

- Supplied new to a Mr Ralph Clifford Lynn esq, a comedy actor from Manchester

- Previously UK registered as 'DLT 428' and offered with a copy of its US title plus chassis card records

Further info:

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 20 hp. 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 20 hp. 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 performance once more, further enlarging the engine to 4257cc to create the so-called 25/30, of which 1201 examples were made before the model was superseded by the Wraith in 1938. Like most Rolls-Royces, the 25/30 starred on the silver screen, most notably in 'The Naked Truth' and 'Death on the Nile'.

This charming 25/30 is finished in silver matched to a red leather interior and features Park Ward limousine coach work to body number 4225. Supplied new to a Mr Ralph Clifford Lynn esq. who was a comedy actor from Manchester best remembered for playing comedy parts in the Aldwych farces, first on stage and then in film. Featuring a central division and fold out picnic tables, 'GGN 27' had resided in the USA for a long period before recently retuning to the UK. Having previously been UK registered as 'DLT 428' the Rolls Royce is offered with a copy of the US title, chassis card records, bill of sale and offers the opportunity to acquire an attractive Rolls Royce with an interesting history.

PLEASE NOTE: This lot is not offered with the flying lady mascot as pictured however does include a town cap.

 

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