The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 160
1930 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Limousine

Selling on Saturday

1930 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Limousine
Coachwork by Park Ward


• Highly desirable CCCA Full Classic® automobile
• Operator’s Handbook with stamped chassis number
• Last road-registered for 1998 in Texas
• Formal and well-equipped Park Ward coachwork

3,669 cc OHV inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox with synchromesh 3rd and 4th gears, solid front and live rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel servo-assisted mechanical drum brakes; wheelbase: 130”

Internally code-named “Goshawk” and introduced at the 1929 Olympia Motor Show, the Rolls-Royce 20/25 succeeded the “Twenty” as a smaller companion model to the Phantom II. Aimed at the growing ranks of owner-drivers in the tradition of its predecessor, the 20/25 was comprehensively improved and updated. The 20/25 was an exclusive, high-end automobile directly competing with the likes of the Alvis Speed 20, Hispano-Suiza HS26, and large 20 HP Sunbeams.

The overhead-valve inline six-cylinder engine of the 20/25 was similar to that of the outgoing 20 HP, enlarged to 3,669 cc and now mated to a four-speed manual gearbox featuring synchromesh on third and top gears, endowing the new Rolls-Royce with 76-mph speed potential. According to marque experts, 3,827 examples of the 20/25 were produced through 1936, with 70 percent estimated remaining today by virtue of their impeccable quality and robust construction in the finest Rolls-Royce tradition.

Bearing Chassis Number GSR21 and powered by Engine Number X7J, this 1930 Rolls-Royce 20/25 is an “R-Series” example benefiting from such factory improvements as a new cylinder head with enlarged intake valves, increased (5.25:1) compression ratio, flexible engine mounting, a revised exhaust manifold and Staybrite stainless-steel radiator shell. Unlike many other examples of the 20/25, GSR21 carries formal limousine coachwork by Park Ward. Equipped for elegant and dignified motoring, GSR21 is equipped with a chauffeur’s compartment trimmed in traditional black leather upholstery, separated from the passenger compartment by a roll-up division window. Other features include beige cloth upholstery, twin folding jump seats and roll-down privacy blinds, plus a rear luggage rack.

In 1982, this 20/25 Limousine was Best of Show at the Houston Concours and after a period of warehouse storage, it was acquired by George Finley and Steve Shook for the museum. At the time of cataloguing, GSR21 was showing 87,825 indicated miles of use. In addition to some color photographs, GSR21 is accompanied by its original Rolls-Royce 20/25 Operator’s Manual, which is stamped with the vehicle’s chassis number and includes the handwritten name “Robt. H. Carlyle,” who was presumably an early, if not original, owner of this vehicle.

Fascinating throughout, GSR21 is a very well-preserved example of the Rolls-Royce 20/25, which enjoys coveted CCCA Full Classic® status and will provide a welcome entry into a host of enjoyable Rolls-Royce Owners Club (RROC) events.

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