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1923 Rolls-Royce 20 HP Cabriolet / GA 14 Vehicle Information

1923 Rolls-Royce 20 HP photograph

1923 Rolls-Royce 20 HP photograph

1923 Rolls-Royce 20 HP photograph

1923 Rolls-Royce 20 HP photograph

1923 Rolls-Royce 20 HP photograph

1923 Rolls-Royce 20 HP photograph

1923 Rolls-Royce 20 HP photograph

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Sold for $48,300 at 2012 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale.
The Rolls-Royce Twenty was the company's answer to those seeking a model that could meet requests for a smaller, less expensive car. They were arguably the company's first car to leave the legacy of the Edwardian age behind. Power came from a 3127cc overhead valve inline six-cylinder engine and the gear selector and brake moved inside the body where it was both more convenience and didn't require reaching outside into the rain and wind. The overhead valve engine was a first for Rolls-Royce and mated to a three-speed transmission with central gear-change. The transmission was not well liked and when four-wheel, servo-assisted brakes were introduced in 1925, a four-speed gearbox with right-hand, gated change replaced served as its replacement.

With a 129-inch wheelbase, the Model Twenty was a foot shorter than the contemporary Silver Ghost. The single ignition with coil and distributor increased reliability of the components and saved the company money.

At introduction, the chassis price was £1,100 which was far less than the £1,850 cost of a Silver Ghost. Built to the same high standards as the big 40/50 hp cars, they had a similar parallel girder frame with tubular cross-members and full-floating rear axle (albeit a bit smaller and lighter). The suspension was different for Rolls-Royce and employed semi-elliptic leaf springs in both the front and rear.

This Rolls-Royce 20HP Cabriolet with coachwork by Barker & Co. was ordered by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1923. The Prince of Wales is believed to have owned 11 examples of the marque in his lifetime, and that's not counting the Rolls-Royces others have claimed Edward owned over the years. This example was given dual-windscreen coachwork by Barker. The car was regularly serviced until 1933; the subsequent history is unclear but it is believed that the car remained in the United Kingdom. As some point in the late 1960s or early 1970s, the car joined the exodus of pre-war Rolls-Royces crossing the Atlantic and is believed to have been part of the MGM movie fleet before passing into the long-term ownership of kept it stored away in Brentwood, California for three decades.

This car has been with the current California owners since March of 2000. It is currently in unrestored condition and substantially complete. It wears its original Barker coachwork and has features like a speedo and a clock mounted in the rear compartment, Lucas lighting and the coachbuilders plates.

In 2012, the car was offered for sale at the Quail Lodge Sale in Carmel, CA presented by Bonhams Auction. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $48,300, including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2012


2012 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale

Sale Price :
USD $48,300

1923 Rolls-Royce 20 HP Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1923 sales)
1923 Rolls-Royce 20 HP Open Tourer
Sold for USD$76,046
  2019 Shannons - Sydney Late Autumn Classic
 
1923 Rolls-Royce 20 HP Open Tourer
Sold for USD$110,000
  2019 Shannons - Sydney Late Autumn Classic
 
1923 Rolls-Royce 20HP Open Tourer by Smith & Waddington
Chassis#: 83K7
Sold for USD$49,918
  2017 Coys : Spring Classics
 
1923 ROLLS-ROYCE 20HP TOURER
Chassis#: 57S9
Sold for USD$67,982
  2016 Bonhams - Goodwood Members' Meeting
 
1923 Rolls-Royce 20hp Landaulette
Chassis#: 58S1
Sold for USD$54,880
  2014 H & H Auctions - Chateau Impney
 
1923 Rolls-Royce 20hp Cabriolet
Sold for USD$106,886
  2013 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum
 
1923 Rolls-Royce 20hp Coupé with Dickey
Chassis#: 79A8
Sold for USD$46,289
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia
 
1923 Rolls Royce 20hp Doctor's Coupe
Chassis#: 86 K2
Sold for USD$92,046
  2012 Bonhams - The Beaulieu Sale Collectors' Motor Cars
 
1923 Rolls-Royce 20hp Cabriolet
Chassis#: GA 14
Sold for USD$48,300
  2012 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale
1923 Rolls-Royce 20 HP image  
1923 Rolls-Royce 20hp Two Seater
Chassis#: 50S6
Sold for USD$71,370
  2012 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Sale, Az
 
1923 Rolls-Royce 20hp Chassis
Chassis#: GF69
Sold for USD$234
  2006 Bonhams - The Frank Cooke Collection
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1923 Rolls-Royce 20 HP's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1923 Rolls-Royce 20 HPGA 692020 Webbs : Collectors' Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia $115,000$130,000
1923 Rolls-Royce Twenty Dual Windshield Tourer54S42019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction $100,000$130,000
1923 Rolls-Royce 20hp Convertible87K52013 H & H Rockingham Castle   
1923 Rolls-Royce 20hp Coupe66H52013 Bonhams Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia $45,000$55,000
1923 Rolls-Royce 20 Roadster50S62012 Worldwide The Auburn Auction $115,000$135,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce 20 HP
1923 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis Num: GA 14
Engine Num: G562
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce 20 HP
1924 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Smith & Waddington

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce 20 HP
1924 Doctors Coupe
Coachbuilder: Arthur Mulliner
Chassis Num: GA41
Engine Num: G614
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce 20 HP
1924 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis Num: GLK21

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce 20 HP
1925 Salamanca
Coachbuilder: Kellner
Chassis Num: GSK81
Engine Num: G1523
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce 20
1927 Drop Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Seeger
Chassis Num: GAJ37
Engine Num: B8Y

1923 Rolls-Royce 20 HP

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