Wed, 16th Oct 2019 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

Lot 100

1937 Rolls-Royce 25/30 Sports Saloon

Sold for £28,125

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: 154 XUU
Chassis No: GM08
Mot Expiry: Exempt

- Attractive Thrupp & Maberly sports coachwork

- Long term ownership

- subject to an extensive restoration and re-trimmed interior

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enlarging the engine to 4257cc to create the so-called 25/30, of which 1201 examples were made before the model was superseded by the Wraith in 1938.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 Two tone Green matched to a cream leather interior and features Thrupp & Maberly sports coachwork. Owned by the current vendor for over 30 years `154 XUU' has been subject to an extensive restoration which first started with the body in the late 1990's. More recently the interior has been retrimmed and the body repainted with attention also being paid to the chrome work. The vendor informs us `154 XUU' previously had a nock from the engine however a service and replacement piston seem to have cured the problem. Offered with chassis card records and a collection of invoices this attractive looking 25/30 must be worthy of closer inspection.

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