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1927 Rolls-Royce 20

Chassis number : GAJ37

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Sold for $58,800 at 2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction.
Sold for $72,800 at 2022 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction.
From 1922 to 1929, the Rolls-Royce Company produced the Twenty. It was a 'small car' to appeal to owners-drivers, although many were sold to customers with chauffeurs. Power was from an inline six-cylinder engine that displaced 3127cc and mated to a four-speed transmission. This baby Rolls-Royces were capable of reaching speeds of 60 mph. In total, there were 2,940 examples built.

Most of the 20 HP Rolls-Royce chassis wore coachwork from coachbuilders within the United Kingdom. This particular example is one of the few that was bodied outside of the U.K.

This Drop Head Coupe has been in the owner's family for 46 years. The coachbuilder is Seegers et Sohn of Leipzig, German, where the car remained when new. Upon completion, the car was delivered to its original owner, Otto Schindler, also of Leipzig, on October 9th of 1928.

When the Second World War came to an end, this car resided in Hamburg among other cars requisitioned by the military. After spending time with several British military officers, it was brought stateside in 1954 by a dealer in Wisconsin and eventually into the care of Frederick Hart of Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

It was acquired by its current owners, Charles Nagler and his son Todd, in 1963. In the mid-1960s it was given a restoration using correct parts acquired from a variety of sources, including British coachbuilder Rippon and U.S. importer J.S. Inskip. After the work was completed, the car was shown at Expo '67 in Montreal and in both CCCA and RROC competition, achieving Senior status with both organizations, as well as at the Meadowbrook Concours d'Elegance.

In 1977 the car received a stainless-steel exhaust, new upholstery in 1985, and a new Frank Cooke cylinder head in 1986.

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2022 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction

Sale Price :
USD $72,800

2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $50,000-USD $60,000 
Sale Price :
USD $58,800

1927 Rolls-Royce 20 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Rolls-Royce 20

(Data based on Model Year 1927 sales)
1927 Rolls-Royce 20 HP Cabriolet
Chassis#: GAJ37
Sold for USD$72,800
  2022 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction
1927 Rolls-Royce 20 image  1927 Rolls-Royce 20 image  
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Panel Brougham de Ville
Chassis#: GAJ15
Sold for USD$62,458
  2020 Bonhams : Goodwood Speedweek
 
1927 Rolls-Royce 20 HP Cabriolet by Seegers et Sohn
Chassis#: GAJ37
Sold for USD$58,800
  2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
1927 Rolls-Royce 20 image  1927 Rolls-Royce 20 image  
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Six-Light Saloon
Chassis#: GHJ68
Sold for USD$24,161
  2019 Bonhams : The Beaulieu Sale
 
1927 Rolls-Royce 20HP 'Barker' Tourer
Sold for USD$64,126
  2018 Shannons - Sydney Autumn Classic
 
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp 'W.O. Bentley Evocation'
Chassis#: GAJ10
Sold for USD$66,452
  2018 H & H Auctions - Duxford Motor Car Auction
 
1927 Rolls Royce 20 HP Open Tourer by Hooper
Chassis#: GAJ 81
Sold for USD$123,947
  2010 Coys Auction - The Spirit of Motoring - Ascot
 
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Tourer
Chassis#: GAJ81
Sold for USD$114,810
  2009 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Panel Brougham
Chassis#: GAJ 15
Sold for USD$42,720
  2005 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars
 
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp 3.1-litre Six-Seater Limousine
Chassis#: GUJ 36
Sold for USD$34,429
  2004 Bonhams - Collectors Motor Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia
 
1927 ROLLS-ROYCE 20HP SEDANCA DE VILLE
Sold for USD$74,750
  2004 Bonhams - ROLLS ROYCE
 
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Tourer
Chassis#: GHJ64
Sold for USD$52,707
  2004 Bonhams - Rolls-Royce & Bentley Motor Cars
 
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp 3.1 litre Doctor's Coupé with Dickey
Chassis#: GAJ 80
Sold for USD$53,762
  2004 Bonhams - Rolls-Royce & Bentley Motor Cars
 

Rolls-Royce 20s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1927 Rolls-Royce 20's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1927 ROLLS ROYCE 20 HPGYL 822019 The Roy Savage Collection of Classic Cars $110,000$140,000
1927 Rolls-Royce 20HP Southern Saloon 2018 Shannons Sydney Winter Classic   
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp TourerGAJ82013 Bonhams Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $35,000$45,000
1927 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Sports Saloon Four Door 2010 Leake Auctions San Antonio Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center$35,000  
1927 Rolls-Royce Sport Saloon Four Door 2008 Leake Auctions Dallas 36th Annual Leake Auto Auction Market Hall$29,000  

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1927 Rolls-Royce 20 Profiles

1927 Rolls-Royce 20 vehicle information
Drop Head Coupe
Coachwork: Seeger
Chassis #: GAJ37
Engine #: B8Y