26th Apr, 2023 13:00

Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire

  Lot 7

1929 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca De Ville
Coachwork by Windovers

Sold for £41,625

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: UL 2631
Chassis No: GLN62
MOT: Exempt

  • Specified from new with a raked steering column, standard levers and nickel fittings, and bodied with elegant and rakish Sedanca De Ville coachwork by Windovers
  • Previously a resident of the George Arthur Griffin collection (from 1967)
  • The personal carriage for Hollywood movie star Sylvester ‘Rocky’ Stallone to his wedding ceremony at Blenheim Palace in 1997
  • Treated to more than £17,000 of expenditure in current ownership including an engine overhaul and partial reupholstery

Unveiled in 1922, the 20hp was a second string to the Rolls-Royce bow – a shorter, more economical sibling to the Silver Ghost which broadened the marque’s reach to span both the very rich and seriously wealthy. Instantly distinguished by its horizontal radiator shutters, the newcomer was constructed around a ladder-frame chassis of 129 inch wheelbase. Power came from a 3,127cc straight-six, OHV monobloc engine mated to a three-speed manual gearbox. Suspension was by semi-elliptic leaf springs all-round. Braking was initially on the rear wheels alone, while steering was by worm and nut. Progressively updated to feature a four-speed gearbox and servo-assisted all-wheel braking, the ‘baby’ Rolls remained in production until 1929, by when some 2,885 examples had vacated the company’s Derby factory. Lighter and more responsive than the Silver Ghost, the 20hp was capable of exceeding 60mph.

Delivered new to Windovers Ltd on the 29th January 1929, and specified with raked steering column, standard levers and nickel fittings, ‘GLN62’ was fitted with elegant and rakish Sedanca De Ville coachwork – it arrived with its first custodian S.F.C. Allen Esq (of Buckingham Gate, London, just a month later). Not much is known of its early life, however, a continuation folding logbook issued in March 1962 shows a change of ownership to George Arthur Griffin Esq in 1967. A wealthy Shropshire-born entrepreneur and former racing team boss whose ‘Dart Spring Company’ produced and sold more than 200,000 springs each and every day. A prolific collector of pre-war cars; a biography of Griffin and photograph of ‘UL 2631’ features in Peter Hugo’s 1973 title – ‘Private Motor Car Collections of Great Britain’ in which describes the car as being “completely original throughout”.

In more recent times, the car has been maintained meticulously and invoices dating back to the 1980s are included within the large history file – previous keepers even retaining expired tax disks and MOT certificates. Specified from new with some extremely rare fittings, the 20hp still wears its unusual Stephen Grebel headlights with dipping mechanism. Admired by the rich and famous; Hollywood movie-star Sylvester ‘Rocky’ Stallone chose this actual car to deliver him to Blenheim Palace for his wedding ceremony to Jennifer Flavin in 1997. The event was of course well-documented and a photograph appeared on the front cover of ‘The Sun’ newspaper, a copy of which is included in the history file.

Passing into its current ownership in October 2014 (via Ghost Motor Works of Kent); the car has since been treated to more than £17,000 of expenditure which included an engine rebuild by McPheat Automotive and reupholstery of the back seat by Loungy Upholstery Ltd.

Offered with a comprehensive history file, comprising a copy of the original construction and test records, continuation folding log book, invoices dating back to the 1980s and a period instruction book.

For more information, please contact:
Adam Sykes
07429 600332


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 Apr, 2023

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