1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 H.P.

Park Ward Saloon

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1932
  • Mileage 
    85 231 mi / 137 166 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    GBT25
  • Engine number 
    J62
  • Lot number 
    55299
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

- Part of the Old Hall collection since October 2005 and known as Lady Mary

- Supplied new to Mrs D.K. Bland of Debden Manor, Saffron Walden, Essex and fitted with Park Ward Four-Light Saloon coachwork

- Previous maintenance by West Hoathly Garage, David Haines, Alpine Eagle and Ristes and MOT'd till October 2018

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.

According to its accompanying copy RREC build records, this particular example - chassis GBT25 - was supplied new to Mrs D.K. Bland of Debden Manor, Saffron Walden, Essex on April 1st 1932. Allowed £125 for her 1925 Austin open car, she paid a further £1,450 for the Park Ward bodied Four-Light Saloon and kept it for fifteen years. Belonging to Bernard Patrick Cromie Esq (who had been awarded a Military Cross whilst serving with the Royal Field Artillery during WW1) and most likely others thereafter, the Rolls-Royce passed to its previous keeper, John Flannary Esq., on August 9th 1986. Entrusted to marque specialists West Hoathly Garage, David Haines & Sons Ltd and Alpine Eagle during Mr Flannary's tenure, the 20/25 was repainted in the 1990s as well as having attention paid to its Brown leather upholstery, clutch, carpets, brightwork and wheels etc. Rechristened `Lady Mary' upon joining the Old Hall collection during October 2005, there was a suggestion at the time from Alpine Eagle that `EV 5476' had had its `engine overhauled fairly recently' but no corresponding invoice. Treated to a front axle refurbishment and some steering and brake work by Ristes Motor Company Ltd in February 2007 at a cost of £8,513.75, the Rolls-Royce has predominantly been maintained in-house over the past decade. Starting readily during our recent photography session (October 2017) and appearing to be in `good overall' order, Lady Mary is offered for sale with history file and MOT certificate valid until October 2018.

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