1938 Rolls Royce Limousine by James Young


In 1922, Rolls-Royce revealed a new, smaller car designed for the owner-driver (although many would be chauffer driven). It was called the Twenty, after its taxable horsepower rating, and ably provided the quality, quiet and durability that was by then immutably associated with the Rolls-Royce nameplate. The Twenty proudly carried the world-famous Parthenon-inspired Rolls-Royce radiator design, as would all its similarly sized successors to come.

The Twenty was replaced in 1929 by the 20/25, which was then succeeded in early 1936 by the 25/30 chassis. The 25/30 was powered by a 4.3-litre OHV six engine that was a larger displacement derivative of the 20/25 design that preceded it. The 25/30 was produced during the 1936-1938 period and by the time it was retired, 1,201 chassis had been produced in the series. The model was replaced for 1939 by a new small Roll-Royce, called the Wraith (later to become the post-WWII Silver Wraith).

Bought by the current vendor in 2012 this charming Rolls Royce had previously been part of the Linegar Collection. Under the present ownership it has undergone a total refurbishment bringing it back to its original, as new, state; both externally and internally. Interestingly, the car is thought to have once been owned by the famed actress, Ann Todd, who starred alongside Gregory Peck as his long suffering wife in Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Paradine Case’ in 1947. A wonderful car that is certainly worth a closer inspection.

Sold For £37,910

Auction Thoroughbred & Vintage at Fontwell House
Auction Date 6th September 2018
Day of Auction N/A

lot details

Lot Number 116
Registration Number UK Registered
Chassis Number GGR5
Year 1938
Make Rolls-Royce
Model Limousine by James Young

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