15th Mar, 2023 13:00

Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

  Lot 106

1937 Rolls-Royce 25/30 Limousine
Coachwork by Hooper & Co.

Sold for £18,562

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: ELP 84
Chassis No: GAR50
MOT: Exempt

PLEASE NOTE: This lot was driven some 170 miles to the sale.

  • Coachwork by Hooper & Co. to Design No. 7156
  • Matching chassis and engine numbers
  • The beneficiary of a bare metal repaint in 2020 in Ivory White
  • Supplied new to Mrs. F. K. Bush Esq. of Devon and retained by her until her passing in 1949
  • Offered with a history file that includes the RREC chassis records

Maintaining its policy of offering one ‘large’ and one ‘small’ model, Rolls-Royce introduced the 20/25 in 1929 as a successor to the outgoing 20, and, now of 3699cc, the engine made for superior performance. By 1936, the capacity had been further increased - this time to 4257cc - thereby creating the 25/30 model. As with its forebears, bodywork for the newcomer was to the taste of the customer, and Park Ward, Thrupp & Maberly, Mulliner, Hooper, and Abbott were among the many coachbuilders selected to clothe these fine cars, of which just 1,201 examples were made before the 25/30 was superseded by the Wraith in 1938.

Chassis GAR50 was supplied new to Mrs. F. K. Bush Esq. of Devon, being delivered on the 24th of November 1937. Bodied by coachbuilders Hooper & Co. (with Body No. 8946) to Design No. 7156 (limousine with division style), the Rolls-Royce is understood to have been retained by Mrs. Bush until her passing in March 1949. Known to have subsequently spent several years in the United States of America, the 25/30hp was repatriated to the United Kingdom in 1997 and reunited with its original registration number ‘ELP 84’. Chassis GAR50 was then retained in the ownership of one individual from 1997 until 2019 when the Rolls-Royce was acquired by the vendor.

Boasting matching chassis and engine numbers, the gearbox has been replaced by a reconditioned unit, but the matching numbers gearbox is accompanying. Undergoing a bare metal repaint in 2020, the 25/30hp was also the beneficiary of a new insulated and waterproofed fabric roof. ‘ELP 84’ is offered with a history file that contains a copy of the RREC chassis records; sixteen previous MOT certificates from 1997-2014; pictures on arrival back from America and while in previous ownership; a previous logbook and a current V5C document. The vendor describes the engine as ‘running smooth and quiet’, and the ‘chauffeur intercom still being fitted and working, along with the sliding glass partition’.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Cheetham
07538 667452


Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 15th Mar, 2023

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