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Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 86

1926 Rolls-Royce 20hp Saloon
Current ownership since 1988

Sold for £23,478

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: TO 4800
Chassis No: GMJ 41
MOT: Exempt

  • Subject to a previous engine overhaul by Brunts of Silverdale
  • Current ownership since 1988
  • Offered with chassis card records, invoices and collection of old MOT's
  • Fitted with Park Ward coachwork
  • Used in the 1960’s by a Dr Welch who used GMJ41 to visit his patients
  • Believed to have been damaged by shrapnel from a WW2 air raid and then fitted with military-grade front screen glass

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.

Finished in Yellow over Black with a Tan leather upholstery chassis GUJ16 was supplied new to Mrs L.J Stretton of Nottingham with Park ward coachwork which it still retains today. Sold by Mrs Stretton at the end of World War Two chassis GUJ16 is understood to have passed to the Montagu Arms to convey guests to the local station and then used in the 1960’s by a Dr Welch to visit his patients and remained with him until being acquired by the current vendor in 1988. Subject to a previous engine overhaul by renowned Brunt’s of Silverdale and fitted with overdrive ‘TO4800’ is offered with its chassis card records, a collection of invoices which include marque specialist Royce services and a collection of old MoT certificates. Said to have always been stored in a central heated garage the vendor currently grades the engine, transmission and bodywork as ‘Very Good’ and the electrical equipment, interior trim, and paintwork all as ‘Good’.

Vendor Condition Ratings:

Bodywork: 'Very Good'
Engine: 'Very Good'
Electrical Equipment: 'Good'
Paintwork: 'Good'
Gearbox: 'Very Good'
Interior Trim: 'Good'

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


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