1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25

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.
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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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1932 Vehicle Profiles

1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 vehicle information

Saloon
Coachwork: Thrupp and Maberly

Chassis Num: GHW74

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 ou....[continue reading]

1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 vehicle information

The Rolls-Royce was the result of a meeting between Henry Royce, a manufacturer of electric cranes in Manchester, and the Honorable C.S. Rolls, a pioneer motorist then selling Panhard automobiles in London. Rolls wanted his name to be associated onl....[continue reading]

1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 vehicle information

Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Thrupp and Maberly

Chassis Num: GFT.67
Engine Num: S2Q

The Rolls-Royce 20/25 was the company's most popular model in the pre-World War II era. During its seven-year production run ending in 1929, 3,827 chassis were manufactured. They Model 20/25 succeeded the 'Twenty' and were produced alongside the Phan....[continue reading]

1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 vehicle information

Gentlemans Hunting Wagon
Coachwork: Crosbie & Dunn. Ltd.

Chassis Num: GHW-79

This vehicle's main function was for a gentleman's hunting wagon. However, the second owner of the Shooting Brake was a doctor in South Africa in the 1930's-1940's. There were only eighty-one cars produced in this GHW Chassis series. The coachwork is....[continue reading]

1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 vehicle information

Cabriolet
Designer: Graber

Originally sporting a saloon body by Gangloff, this Rolls-Royce 20/25 was rebodied in 1937 and is one of just two 20/25s with Graber coachwork to survive. Owned at one point by H&H Shar Ali Wali Khan of Afghanistan, the car toured occupied Europe bef....[continue reading]

1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 vehicle information

Sportsman Saloon
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting

This Gurney Nutting Sportsman Saloon started life in Brickley, Kent England. This 4 door coachwork on 20/25 chassis vehicle was originally ordered for use 'on the continent' so special springs were fitted. Original equipment included bumpers front an....[continue reading]

1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 vehicle information

Saloon
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting

Chassis Num: GMU-8

The 20/25 was Rolls-Royce's second 'small' car, succeeding the 20hp model while intending to appeal to owners who drove their cars rather than those who employed chauffeurs. Despite a larger engine, horsepower remained the same. Remarkably, the 20/25....[continue reading]

Saloon by Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis #: GHW74 
 
Convertible Victoria by Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis #: GFT.67 
Gentlemans Hunting Wagon by Crosbie & Dunn. Ltd.
Chassis #: GHW-79 
Cabriolet
 
Sportsman Saloon by Gurney Nutting
 
Saloon by Gurney Nutting
Chassis #: GMU-8 


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Model Year Production

#1#2#3Rolls-Royce
1937Ford (942,005)Chevrolet (815,375)Plymouth (566,128)
1936Ford (930,778)Chevrolet (918,278)Plymouth (520,025)
1935Ford (820,253)Chevrolet (548,215)Plymouth (350,884)
1934Ford (563,921)Chevrolet (551,191)Plymouth (321,171)
1933Chevrolet (486,261)Ford (334,969)Plymouth (298,557)
1932Chevrolet (313,404)Ford (210,824)Plymouth (186,106)
1931Chevrolet (619,554)Ford (615,455)Buick (138,965)
1930Ford (1,140,710)Chevrolet (640,980)Buick (181,743)
1929Ford (1,507,132)Chevrolet (1,328,605)Buick (196,104)
1928Chevrolet (1,193,212)Ford (607,592)Willys Knight (231,360)
1927Chevrolet (1,001,820)Ford (367,213)Buick (255,160)

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