1934 Rolls-Royce 20 / 25 HP

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Saloon
Coachwork: Mulliner

The Rolls-Royce 20/25 Series was built from 1929 to 1936 and was aimed primarily at owners-drivers, although many of these motorcars were chauffeur-driven.....[continue reading]

Sedanca Coupe
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting

Chassis Num: GAF29
Engine Num: BXA 868

This 1934 Rolls-Rocye 20/25HP Sedanca Coupe with coachwork by J. Gurney Nutting & Company Ltd., sits atop a 132 inch wheelbase and powered by a six-cylinder engine that produces 25 horsepower (RAC rating). It is finished in a light Dove gray and dar....[continue reading]

Sport Saloon
Coachwork: Freestone & Webb

Chassis Num: GYD 42

This Rolls-Royce 20/25 Sport Saloon has been restored and includes a rare factory-conducted chassis renumbering, unique Freestone and Webb coachwork, and an early 1980s refurbishment. It rides on a long wheelbase chassis and is the second example of ....[continue reading]

Fastback
Designer: Park Ward

This Rolls-Royce is the 'show car' displayed by Park Ward coachbuilders at the 1934 Earl's Court Automobile Show in London. The car is the first design featuring a 'fastback' body style, later adopted by most auto manufacturers in the late 1930's and....[continue reading]

Saloon

This car was delivered new to London, England where it stayed until the early 1960s when, still as an original unrestored car, showing some 40,000 miles, it came to the United States. In the early 1990s the car changed hands and the restoration was u....[continue reading]

Tourer
Coachwork: Barker

Chassis Num: GXB8

Between 1929 and 1936, Rolls-Royce built 4,000 approximately examples, making this one of the company's best-selling models of the era. This particular example was originally delivered to G. Vaughan Morgan. It eventually made its way to Miami, Florid....[continue reading]

Saloon by Mulliner
 
Sedanca Coupe by Gurney Nutting
Chassis #: GAF29 
Sport Saloon by Freestone & Webb
Chassis #: GYD 42 
Fastback
 
Saloon
 
Tourer by Barker
Chassis #: GXB8 

History

In 1929 the Twenty's replacement, the 20/25 HP was launched. This car used the Twenty chassis, virtually unchanged, but the engine was enlarged from 3.1 litres to 3.7 litres, giving a significant increase in performance. Improved power had become a necessity because owners often insisted on fitting elaborate and heavy coachwork, which severely affected the performance. This was an important change considering owners didn't like to be overtaken by what they believed to be inferior cars.
An 'Autocar' report in 1931 describes the 20/25 thus: 'Every single feature spells durability, the machine is on a plane altogether superior to the normal style of motor car'. This claim is backed up by the fact that this model was the choice of some of the most famous sporting drivers of the day. Tommy Sopwith owned one, as did the famous racing driver Prince Bira of Siam and racing driver and record breaker Sir Malcolm Campbell.
- Rolls-Rocye Motor Cars

Overview
The 20/25 kept the Rolls-Royce tradition of a two-model policy, being sold alongside of the Phantom II. It was offered as a more economical car and was smaller than its sibling. All of the 20/25HP were outfitted with custom coachbuilt bodies from legendary names such as Vanden Plas, Freestone and Webb, Brewster, Gurney Nutting, Park Ward, Coachcraft, and Thrupp & Maberly.

With nearly 4000 chassis created it is one of Rolls-Royce's best selling contemporary models, lasting from 1929 through 1936. During the production lifespan of the 20/25, the vehicle received many updates. The ignition, brakes, clutch, and carburetors were just a few of the mechanical areas to received modifications and improvements. In 1932 shock absorbers and thermostat controlled devices were introduced. The thermostats operated the radiator air-flow automatically eliminating the need to operate the radiator shutters by hand.

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