Chassis no: GNS23
1930 Rolls Royce 20/25 Hooper Sedanca DeVille
Registration number: GO6442
Chassis Number: GNS23
A very original feeling car in superb driving order. The paintwork on this car is quite old with assorted blemishes & reactions that in some way add to the vintage charm of the car. Probably a car better suited to a retired Colonel seeking originality rather then a new money Oligarch wanting new & shiny!!! The best part about this car are the massive bills from renowned specialsts A & S Engineering of Alton Hants, whom were in the late 1980's tasked with going over the car with a fine tooth comb & doing all the jobs that needed doing yet are so often neglected on these cars. Since completion the car has covered some 21,000 miles of trouble free motoring being used mostly for high days & holidays.
As a result of the works performed so ably by A & S Engineering, this is one of the sweetest running & driving 20/25 cars we have encountered. It starts instantly, pulls strongly & will meander along country lanes in top gear rarely requiring recourse to lower gears. A Tim Payne overdrive has been fitted giving the car long legs when used at faster speeds in modern traffic. The car has been under the current aged ownership for decades & during this time has benefitted from being regularly serviced by Mr Carl Ford of The Priory Vintage Car Co who speaks highly of the car.
The interior is beige wool cloth to the rear & headlining with typical black Hooper hides to the front. Being a sedanca the front roof rolls up & furls into the recess behind the drivers head; an operation quickly & easily accomplished allowing for semi-alfresco motoring. The woodwork is in its original patinated finish. Twin occasional seats fold out of the bulkhead allowing for the carriage of 6 passengers plus driver.
A massive history file comes with the car containing missives from such 1960's & '70's luminaries as the late Dan Margulies & the extant Roger Gates of Harrow on the Hill. Much correspondence relates to the cars brief sojourn in Denmark & Norway at which time a thorough test & inspection was undertaken prior to purchase. The car also apperars in Daltons well respected tome. A period picture of a very young Abba quartet comes with the car showing Ms Anni-Frid Lyngstad draped indecorously across the bonnet.
The car comes with a large motoring trunk to the rear, brass Klaxon under the bonnet & original brass spare lamp kit mounted to the bulkhead etc etc. This is a car in fine mechanical order with excellent engine & brakes. It runs cool at around 60 degrees. It is the sort of car that falls into the preservation class & ought to be used & enjoyed as is, with possibly some attention being given to the paintwork at least prior to the next century. To drive it is to feel one has gone back 60 years or so in time; a not unpleasant sensation.
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