16th Mar, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Lot 68

1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25 All Weather Tourer

Sold for £76,500

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: JR 700
Chassis No: GSY 68
MOT: Exempt

  • First owned by Sir Cecil Algernon Cochrane DCL, JP, a former Liberal Party MP, successful businessman and benefactor of Newcastle University
  • Original Hooper All-Weather coachwork and subject to a previous engine overhaul
  • Offered from long-term family ownership and matching chassis and engine numbers
  • Continuation buff logbook, copy Hooper paperwork, V5C Registration Document, sundry correspondence and restoration bills

Supplied new to the successful businessman and former Liberal Party MP Sir Cecil Algernon Cochrane DCL JP, chassis GSY68 was clothed by Hooper with All-Weather Body Number 7804. An ingenious design that aimed to provide occupants with the best of both worlds, its fully convertible roof and retractable window frames stowed neatly out of the way when true open-air motoring was desired but were also easy to raise should the weather turn inclement. The provision of an insulated headlining and wind-up windows made the ‘All-Weather’ far cosier than a conventional Tourer. Such versatility came at a price with Hooper charging £594 17s 6d for Body Number 7804; a sum which would have bought a house nine decades ago. That said, the build quality which had won the renowned coachbuilder a Royal Warrant helped ensure the Rolls-Royce’s survival with a letter on file from J. Fewster Esq dated December 1984 reading as follows: ‘I purchased chassis GSY68 from the family of the original owner in the 1960s. To the best of my knowledge the indicated mileage of 87,000 is correct’.

As well as reinstating the Rolls-Royce’s original Northumberland registration number ‘JR 700’, the vendor’s late husband significantly improved its mechanical and cosmetic condition during 2000-2001. Repainted Exeter Blue and partially retrimmed, the 20/25 also had its wiring attended to. Entrusted to Rolls-Royce & Bentley Specialists Dennis Pilling & Son, the original engine (number A2N) received a thorough overhaul with associated bills totalling more than £15,000. Maintained and improved thereafter, an invoice from Ristes Motor Company Ltd dated August 2014 for two front brake drum finned rings is among the more recent on file. This rare Hooper-bodied ‘All-Weather’ Rolls-Royce is worthy of close inspection. Offered for sale with continuation buff logbook, copy Hooper paperwork, V5C Registration Document, sundry correspondence and restoration bills.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 16th Mar, 2022

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