1930 Rolls Royce 20 25
Sports Saloon By Barker
(Featured on 21st January 2012)
Make: Rolls Royce
Model: 20 25
Registration: GN 2202
Sellers original description:
By the late 1920s the trend for ever-heavier coachwork on the Rolls-Royce 20 HP had inevitably had a detrimental effect on performance. Rolls-Royce's solution was to increase the comparatively small six cylinder engine's capacity from just over three litres to 3,699cc which, together with a stronger crankshaft allowing increased rpm, raised its output to 25hp. The 20/25 became the most popular of all pre-war Rolls-Royces. This was with good reason as it had an increased engine size over its predecessors which provided the refined motoring expected of this period. It is still considered a delight to drive and remains a favourite among collectors.
Contemporary road tests commented on the exquisite precision of all the controls, one saying that the car behaved so beautifully that it was difficult to drive badly. Flexibility and braking were outstanding and the chassis proved surprisingly brisk, 0-50 taking approximately 20 seconds.
This car is a lovely Barker bodied Sports Saloon which was the subject of a major restoration less than 10 years ago. The work completed included new front and rear wings, new carpet throughout and a re-spray; new clutch linings and starter motor have also been fitted. This would be a great “rally and European tour car”, having already travelled to the West Coast of Ireland on several occasions and in August past Northern Ireland's strict MoT regulations.
It is rare to find a body of this quality and beauty on a 20/25 chassis, Barker are one of the formost coachbuilders of the era and this is one of their most elegant designs. The restoration of this car was second to none and we have a huge history folder with the car.
This is an amazing car, not your typical tired old limousine!