1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Rolling Chassis

Make: Rolls-Royce
Model: 20/25 Rolling Chassis
Year: 1935
Registration Number: VJ 8120
Chassis Number: GBJ.57
Sold For: £5500

Lot No: 227

Produced between 1929 and 1936 the 20/25 model became the best selling Rolls-Royce of the inter war years, despite the Great Depression. Some 70% of those built are believed to have survived to this time and here we have a chance for someone to increase this percentage further.

The 20/25 was, like the 20, aimed at the wealthy owner/driver, who would appreciate the luxury on offer. This car offered improved performance of some 17% by increasing the engine capacity to 3675cc, bringing the RAC rating up to 25.4 hp.

The introduction of the 20/25 motor car and its resultant popularity, saved  the company which was in financial difficulties and indeed enabled them to acquire Bentley Motors in 1931 and thence to produce the Derby Bentley initially in 3.5 litre form, known as the silent sports car, no doubt thanks to the Rolls-Royce engineering input.

This Rolling Chassis was originally fitted with a Hooper Limousine Enclosed body, but at some point it was removed, possibly due to corrosion issues. Now, the Chassis is supplied with the gearbox unit, front and rear axles (with differential), road springs, the steering column, steering box and steering wheel, the petrol tank, bulkhead panel (with chassis number plate), brake drums, the cross-shaft, the bonnet assembly, two running boards, four mudguards, the road wheels, a pair of Lucas P100 headlamps and the radiator assembly. The vendor has pressure tested the radiator and as far as he can tell, there appears to be no leaks. The core appears to be in good condition. 

Also included in the sale are copies of the original Rolls-Royce order, build sheets and test records, plus various notes but no V5C registration certificate.

Please note that collection and transport from South Somerset will be the responsibility of the purchaser.

Auction Date: 24 November 2022