Sold for $23,400 at 2006 Bonhams & Butterfields at The Quail Lodge, Resort & Golf Club.
This vehicle is a 1930 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Boat Tail Speedster with chassis number GDP34 and is in right-hand drive configuration. It has coachwork by Thrupp & Maberly who finished the car in a two-door, fixed-head coupe body-style for its first owner, Captain J. C. Blair. It was later given a Boat-Tail Speedster body. The car has been treated to a restoration, which was completed near the end of the 1970s. It is finished in brown and yellow with a tan leather interior.
This car was offered for sale at the 2006 Bonhams & Butterfields auction held at the Quail Lodge in Carmel, California where it was estimated to sell between $25,000 - $35,000. Though it does have an older restoration and it is considered a 'smaller' Rolls-Royce, it did find a new owner, selling for nearly the estimated value at $23,400.By Daniel Vaughan | May 2007
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.
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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.
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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.