Wed, 7th Dec 2016 14:30

Chateau Impney

  Lot 29

1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Sports Saloon

Sold for £45,000

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: BPA 440
Chassis No: GGA3
Mot Expiry: Nov 2017

- 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 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 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 a new headlining, stainless steel exhaust and Wilton carpets not to mention being reunited with its original `BPA 440' number plate. 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 benefited from much recent cosmetic and mechanical work following its acquisition as part of a business deal by the vendor, a lifelong Roll-Royce collector, and performed extremely well on a recent road test. Offered with a fresh MoT and ready to be enjoyed, BPA 440 is only being offered to help fund other projects.

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