26th Jul, 2023 13:00

Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire

  Lot 39

1934 Rolls Royce 20/25 Park Ward Saloon

Sold for £23,000

(including buyers premium)

Lot details


According to the original sales ledger from the Rolls Royce 20/25 book, we now understand the first owner for this car was J.W. Ramsden esq.

Registration No: BLP 241
Chassis No: GFE 17

  • Attractive Park Ward Saloon
  • Well cared for with over £30,000 of expenditure noted and a recent fitment of a stainless steel exhaust
  • Gearbox fitted with Overdrive for comfortable 70mph motorway cruising

Launched in 1929, the Rolls-Royce 20/25 was powered by a 3669cc OHV straight-six engine allied to four-speed manual transmission. Usefully faster than its 20hp predecessor, the model remained in production until 1936 by which time some 3,827 had been sold. Capable of supporting a wide variety of coachwork, the 20/25hp's substantial ladder frame chassis was equipped with all-round semi-elliptic leaf-sprung suspension, four-wheel drum brakes and a mechanical servo.

From a previous sale listing for the car, we understand that the first owner of this wonderful Park Ward bodied 20/25 was a Mr. John Pinkerton who, remarkably, owned the car from 6th December 1934 all the way through to 1st February 2003, when he sold it onto a Mr. Cyril James - an incredible 68 years with one owner. Since then the car has been owned by a further three people but was bought back by our vendor in October 2021 and enjoyed since as an everyday car for taking the children to school in. The previous owner (who bought car after the vendor sold it in 2016) completed a mechanical restoration of the car in 2018, sending it to Beacon Hill Garage in Hindhead where some £23,419.29 was spent on rebuilding the engine with new pistons, conrods etc, as well as going through the car from front to back. Included in the rebuild was a new radiator at a cost of over £2,000 alone. The carburettor was stripped, ultrasonically cleaned and rebuilt, the electrics and trafficators were all gone through and repaired as was the starter motor and clutch. The fuel tank was removed, inspected and serviced with new gaskets and five new tyres were supplied and fitted along with new inner tubes. Indeed, the vendor reports that the previous owner spent over £30,000 getting the car mechanically perfect including the addition of overdrive allowing for easy cruising at 70mph and in our vendor's ownership he fitted a new stainless steel exhaust to replace the aging mild steel system. The chassis appears in very good order, as do the body and interior. Whilst there are still elements any new owner may wish to improve on, they are merely cosmetic and the expensive work has all been carried out. As you would expect, the vendor reports the car to run and drive very well.

This example maintains a wonderful sense of having matured in age gracefully and any prospective purchaser will be in the knowledge that the car is also mechanically sound and ready to travel to any suitable occasion.

For more information, please contact:
Lucas Gomersall
07484 082430


All successful bids must be paid in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest.

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Auction: Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire, 26th Jul, 2023

An auction of classic, collector and performance motorcars to be held in the beautiful surrounds of the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Derbyshire.  



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Tuesday 25th July 2023 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 26th July 2023 from 9am

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