1931 Rolls-Royce 20/25 H.P.

Sedanca De Ville by Park Ward

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1931
  • Mileage 
    84 000 mi / 135 185 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    GFT 72
  • Engine number 
    S7Q
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Interior colour 
    Gray
  • Number of doors 
    4
  • Number of seats 
    4
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Blue
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Launched in 1929, the manageable Rolls-Royce 20/25hp model quickly drew praise from around the world, Autocar noting that it had 'great refinement of power, and a gentleness and quietness in doing its work, which makes results deceptive'.
This example, with highly desirable Sedanca de Ville coachwork by Park Ward, was
commissioned by Sir Stratti Ralli, of Upper Brook Street W1 for his wife, Lady Ralli. With
the chassis tested by the factory in early November 1931, the handsome coachwork was completed by Park Ward and the Rolls-Royce was registered on New Year's Eve, 1931.
Sedanca de Ville coachwork, with its 'open or closed' driver compartment, is regarded as one of the most desirable styles of bodywork in today's market and in period it was
extremely costly.
An extremely rare car, it is one of just twelve cars built by Park Ward in the
Sedanca style and, apparently, the only example built without a boot to upset the line of
the car's ‘D' back, whilst still carrying a spare wheel and luggage rack.
Finished to a very high standard, in blue over black with a black fabric roof covering, the
car appears to have been the subject of a quality restoration in the past and much recent substantial maintenance and improvement.
The chauffeur compartment is trimmed superbly in black hide and the rear compartment in pale grey leather with interlocking 'RR' logos on the door trims and a complementing light grey wool carpet. The walnut door cappings feature light wood inlay and are in
excellent order, and vanity mirrors are placed for the convenience of passengers. The
driver and passengers are separated by a wind-up glass division. The roof section over
the chauffeur operates with a simple, but very effective, mechanism and stows neatly into the fixed roof section. Twin side-mounted spare wheels are now carried and the original rear-mounted luggage rack is retained. Quality Lucas Bi-Flex headlights feature.
The history file contains an old buff RF60 Registration Book, copies of the Rolls-Royce build cards and a sundry of other bills and correspondence, with just over £17,000 spent on the car in 2016 with highly-regarded specialist, Jonathan Wood, Clockhouse Workshop, Little Sampford,

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