1929 Rolls-Royce 20hp Two Door Weymann Close Coupled Saloon by Freestone and Webb

Make: Rolls-Royce
Model: 20hp Two Door Weymann Close Coupled Saloon by Freestone and Webb
Year: 1929
Registration Number: UV 8557
Chassis Number: GEN 75
Engine Number: U4K
MOT Test Expiry: Exempt
Sold For: £37400

Lot No: 233

Produced from 1922 until 1929, the 20hp was the smallest member of Rolls-Royce’s glorious trio of 1920s motor cars. In contrast to the larger Phantom and Silver Ghost, the 20hp was designed for the owner-driver, and as with its contemporaries, the model was clothed by a variety of respected coachbuilders such as Park Ward, Mulliner and the lesser-known Freestone and Webb. The 20hp was powered by a newly-designed 3127cc, straight six engine, driven through initially a three speed gearbox which was improved to a four speed with right hand change in 1925. A four wheel braking system was also introduced in that year, and the instantly recognisable Rolls-Royce radiator grille changed from enamel plated horizontal slats to nickel plated vertical in 1928.

Based in Willesden, North London, Messers Freestone and Webb founded their coachbuilding company in 1923 after honing their craft at Crossley Motors and in France respectively. Distinctive designs, including the ‘Top Hat’ and ‘Razor Edge’ pre-war styles, produced a successful company that won numerous awards.

This particular 20hp Weymann Close Coupled Saloon by Freestone and Webb was originally supplied to Rolls-Royce dealership Jack Barclay Ltd of Hanover Square, London. Its first custodian was a Mrs Ellis of Bexhill-on-Sea, but it is understood that the Rolls-Royce moved to the West Country with its second owner and has remained in the region ever since.

UV 8557 has been in the current private ownership for some twenty-three years. As a long-standing Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club member, the vendor has exercised the well-maintained motor car at club rallies, events and on continental tours. The delightful 20hp is in exceptionally original condition and has matured over the years to what is now almost a unique example, with its superb original Weymann body and burgundy leather interior oozing character and elegant patina. For sure, UV 8557 could be thoroughly enjoyed in its present condition; indeed, your writer believes that this should be the case and the motor car not transformed into a concours queen.

We are informed that the mechanics are in good order; importantly the engine runs cool, the rear axle was rebuilt in 1998 and the tyres are almost new. All instruments are in working order.

The Rolls-Royce is supplied with a large history file that includes the original instruction book, the factory order and build sheets, dynamometer test results, invoices, a quantity of MOT test certificates and old tax discs etc... A tool kit is present and the motor car is adorned with amongst others an early RREC badge.

Auction Date: 15th October 2015