1933 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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1933 Vehicle Profiles

1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25 vehicle information

Sportsman Pillarless Coupe
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting

Chassis Num: GLZ 22

The 20/25 became the most popular of all pre-war Rolls-Royces and was produced from 1929 to 1935, during which time 3,792 cars were made. It was the successor to the 20HP model, the engine size being increased from 3.1 liters to 37 with performance ....[continue reading]

1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25 vehicle information

Shooting Brake

This vehicle is painted in light grey with beige leather interior. It is belived to be original. there are three doors - two on the left and one on the right - with a tailgate and up-swinging rear window. There are two rows of seating and a single....[continue reading]

1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25 vehicle information

Tourer
Coachwork: Kitchener & Woodiwiss

Chassis Num: GDX30

This 20/25 Four-door tourer wears coachwork by Kitchener & Woodiwiss. It is a right-hand drive example riding on a long-wheelbase platform. It features power brakes, synchromesh on third and fourth gears, one-shot lubrication, electric fuel gauge, an....[continue reading]

1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25 vehicle information

Three-Position Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Barker

Chassis Num: GTZ 48
Engine Num: D2L

The Barker & Co., of London ordered this chassis on June 30th of 1933, with delivery guaranteed by the first week of September Dispatched on August 25th of 1933, GTZ 48 was delivered to Barker three days later. Barker fashioned an elegant body on the....[continue reading]

1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25 vehicle information

Enclosed Limousine Sedanca
Coachwork: Thrupp and Maberly

Chassis Num: GTZ7
Engine Num: H8H

The Rolls-Royce 20/25 was engineered to be the smaller sibling to Rolls-Royce's larger Phantom II, and in keeping with the company's tradition of a two-model policy. In comparison to the previous 20-horsepower model, it had an increased engine output....[continue reading]

1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25 vehicle information

Sedanca de Villes
Coachwork: Fernandez & Darrin

Very few Rolls-Royce Motor Cars were bodied by Fernandez et Darrin; this is one of only two Rolls-Royce Coupe Chauffeurs (Sedanca de Villes in Rolls-Royce parlance) built by the coachbuilding firm. It was completed at the Fernandez et Darrin Champs-E....[continue reading]

Sportsman Pillarless Coupe by Gurney Nutting
Chassis #: GLZ 22 
Shooting Brake
 
Tourer by Kitchener & Woodiwiss
Chassis #: GDX30 
Three-Position Drophead Coupe by Barker
Chassis #: GTZ 48 
Enclosed Limousine Sedanca by Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis #: GTZ7 
Sedanca de Villes by Fernandez & Darrin
 


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Performance and Specification Comparison

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Rolls-Royce
1938Chevrolet (465,158)Ford (410,263)Plymouth (285,704)
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)

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