Sold for $57,500 at 2013 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Auction.
World War II began in September of 1939, after Hitler rolled in Poland. A short time later, automobile production ceased so facilities could produce supplies in support of the war effort. This 1940 Rover Twenty Drophead Coupe was the last of its series produced. It was built on October 11th. At this point, the company turned fully to military production. This drophead coupe was also the final of three Tickford Drophead Coupes produced on the Twenty chassis during the short 1940 model run.
The Rover Twenty, also known as the '20-hp', was powered by a 2512cc six-cylinder engine. The name was derived from the 19.8 taxable horsepower rating. This nominal rating was based on cylinder count and bore, which was used to determine license fees. They featured a 115-inch wheelbase and were the most powerful and expensive Rover series of its period.
In support of the War effort, Rover built aero engines and supported early development of the pioneering jet engine designed by Sir Frank Whittle.
When Rover passenger car production resumed after peace was declared in 1945, the Twenty chassis was not re-introduced.
The current owner's father purchased the Rover from the car's second owners, the Kent family. The styling of the 1940 Rover Twenty model was generally carried over from the 1939 model year. The 1940 Rover Twenty models were distinguished by standard disc wheels and the addition of vent windows to the Tickford DHC doors. The standard placement for the spare tire was at the rear, however the spare tire on this car is mounted near the left-hand front fender. It has full-width rear seating and a fully folding convertible top which can be rolled back and furled mid-way, for an open 'Coupe de Ville' appearance.
This Rover Twenty was given a four-year comprehensive rebuild during 2002-2004 and completing during 2005-2006.
In 2012 the car was offered for sale at the Quail Lodge Sale in Carmel, CA presented by Bonhams. The car was estimated to sell for $70,000 - $100,000. As bidding came to a close, the car failed to find a buyer willing to satisfy its reserve. It would leave the auction unsold.By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2012