19th Oct, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Lot 43

1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Sports Saloon

Sold for £38,250

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: BPA 440
Chassis No: GGA3
MOT: Exempt

  • Bespoke Abbott coachwork as featured in The Autocar (16/2/1934)
  • Pictured in 'Coachwork on Rolls-Royce 1906-1939' by L. Dalton amongst others
  • Original registration number, engine and mother of pearl inlays

Highlighting its `straight waistline, swept tail, and swept valanced wings and running boards', The Autocar magazine also pictured chassis GGA3 as part of an article entitled `Coachwork of Character - A Review of Special Bodies of All Types for Large and Small Chassis' which was published on February 16th 1934. One of just nine 20/25 chassis to be clothed by E.D. Abbott Ltd of Farnham, the Sports Saloon is the only one to this design and was supplied new to Mrs Duffus of Cumberland Court, London W1. The Rolls-Royce's elegant exterior was complemented by an equally stylish interior featuring mother-of-pearl inlays as well as leather upholstery and silk pulls. Intended for use `in the UK - mainly touring' and to carry two passengers most of the time, the Sports Saloon belonged to tank commander Lt Colonel C.M.F. Deakin by late 1945. Thereafter, it is known to have passed through the hands of Colonel R.J.K. Fenton (Woodbridge), Paddon Bros (London), Dr F.L. Lawson (Ontario), Dr J.C. Wain (Pennsylvania), James F. Labadie (Ohio), Dale W. Beavers (Ohio), John H. Parnell (Louisiana), Lyn Thomas (Dyfed), Les J. Jones (New Tredegar) and Norman Cawood (Skipton).

Extensively restored by Mr Cawood between 1995 and 2010, chassis GGA3 has since been treated to stainless steel exhaust and not to mention being reunited with its original `BPA 440' number plate. The interior has benefitted from freshening of its luxury, with a new headlining, Wilton carpets and has mother of pearl inlays. Illustrated in `Coachwork on Rolls-Royce 1906-1939' (L. Dalton), `The Flying Lady' magazine and the Rolls-Royce Owners' Club's 20/25 handbook, this most attractive Sports Saloon has been the receiver of much recent cosmetic and mechanical work in recent years and through its ownership and enthusiast custodianship. Offered with a copy of its chassis card record, a collection of old MOTs and a pad of written notes documenting some of GGA3’s history.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 19th Oct, 2022

An auction of classic & collector motorcars


Tuesday 18th October 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
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