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1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25

Chassis number : GHW74

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Sold for $55,000 at 2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island.
The 20/25 HP model, the smaller sibling to Rolls-Royce's larger Phantom II, were produced in keeping with the companies tradition of a two-model policy. The 20/25HP model was a strategic evolution of the previous 20 hp model. The engines increased output gave coachbuilders such as Vanden Plas, Freestone and Webb, Park Ward, Brewster, Gurney Nutting, Coachcraft and Thurpp & Maberly more power to carry larger, and more stately bodies, without the hazard of reducing performance.

Between 1929 and 1936, the Rolls-Royce Company produced nearly 4000 examples, making it one of the best selling contemporary models for the luxury marque.

All of the 20/25 models were given custom coachwork. This example was bodied by Thrupp & Maberly. The Thrupp & Maberly Company had a history that dated back to 1858, when coach painter George Maberly partnered up with coachbuilder George Herbert Thrupp. The Charles Thrupp and Co. had been building coaches in London since 1760 and had showrooms on fashionable Oxford Street.

Thrupp & Maberly built a reputation for quality and innovation, and soon established themselves as one of the very best among coachbuilders. Soon, many of the contracts for the Thrupp & Maberly Company were from Rolls-Royce.

This example was once owned by Hollywood actor and noted car collector Edward Hermann and his wife Star. It was shown at the Pebble Beach Concours in 2004 after having just completed a ground-up professional restoration.

The engine is a inline six-cylinder overhead valve unit with dual ignition via coil and magnet. There is a four-speed manual transmission and four-wheel servo-assisted mechanical drum brakes.

In 2010, this car was offered for sale at RM Auctions 'Automobiles of Amelia Island' event, where it was estimated to sell for $60,000 - $80,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $55,000, inclusive of buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2010

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2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $60,000-USD $80,000 
Sale Price :
USD $55,000

1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Rolls-Royce 20/25

(Data based on Model Year 1932 sales)
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Shooting Brake
Chassis#: GMU44
Sold for USD$67,100
  2021 RM Sothebys : Hershey
 
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 VdP Sports Saloon
Chassis#: GAF16
Sold for USD$37,943
  2020 Bonhams July Motoring Auction
 
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25HP Open Tourer
Sold for USD$54,269
  2019 Shannons - Sydney Autumn Classic
 
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Park Ward Saloon
Sold for USD$27,000
  2017 H & H Auctions - Duxford Motor Car Auction
 
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Special
Sold for USD$28,125
  2017 H & H Auctions - Duxford Motor Car Auction
 
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 HP Roadster
Chassis#: GAU 66
Sold for USD$56,952
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monaco
 
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sportsman's Coupé
Chassis#: GFT68
Sold for USD$28,373
  2015 Bonhams : The Beaulieu Sale
 
1932 ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25 CONVERTIBLE VICTORIA
Chassis#: GFT.67
Sold for USD$115,500
  2015 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 image  1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 image  
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Rolling Chassis
Chassis#: GKT27
Sold for USD$5,522
  2013 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum
 
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Enclosed Limousine
Chassis#: GOS-22
Sold for USD$42,862
  2013 The Beaulieu Sale, Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia
 
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Limousine
Sold for USD$38,719
  2013 H & H Auctions - The Pavilion Gardens
 
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Limousine
Chassis#: GHW69
Sold for USD$11,551
  2012 H & H Auctions - Rockingham Castle
 
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sedanca de Ville
Chassis#: GMU17
Sold for USD$38,350
  2011 Bonhams - Beaulieu Autojumble, Collectors' Motor Cars
 
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Tourer
Chassis#: GRW64
Sold for USD$62,549
  2010 Bonhams - Rolls-Royce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 HP Saloon by Thrupp & Maberly
Chassis#: GHW74
Sold for USD$55,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 image  1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 image  
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25HP Three-Position Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: GHW45
Sold for USD$109,256
  2008 Automobiles of London
 
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Skiff
Chassis#: GHW59
Sold for USD$54,466
  2008 Bonhams - Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Select Pre-War Motor Cars
 
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sports Saloon
Chassis#: GHW43
Sold for USD$49,335
  2008 Bonhams - Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Select Pre-War Motor Cars
 
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sedanca de Ville
Chassis#: GAV69
Sold for USD$54,079
  2008 Bonhams - Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Select Pre-War Motor Cars
 
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25
Chassis#: GXK 6
Sold for USD$160,399
  2006 Coys Auction - True Greats
 

Rolls-Royce 20/25s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 All Weather Tourer by TH GillGAU 342013 Coys Blenheim Palace $85,000$100,000
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sedanca de VilleGMU172011 Bonhams RollsRoyce, Bentley and Select PreWar Motor Cars and Automobilia $30,000$40,000
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 HP 2 door CoupeGAU712011 Shannons Auctions Shannons Melbourne Winter Classic Auction $58,000$68,000
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sedanca de VilleGRW232006 Bonhams A Sale of RollsRoyce, Bentley and Select PreWar Motor Cars and Automobilia $30,000$35,000
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Three Position Drophead Coupe 2005 Bonhams Important Collectors' Motor Cars $60,000$70,000

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1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Profiles

1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 vehicle information
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Cabriolet
Designer: Graber
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Sportsman Saloon
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting
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Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis #: GFT.67
Engine #: S2Q
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Saloon
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting
Chassis #: GMU-8
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Four-Light Saloon
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: GAU2