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Car Tales: Roll Right Back To Another Age, The 1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25

‘Right now at Beverly Hills Car Club we have a splendid example of a Rolls-Royce 20/25. This elegant right-hand drive 1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Coupe, with coachwork by Park Ward, is featured with matching numbers (the vehicle’s build sheet copy is included) and comes in silver over black with a black interior.
1933 Rolls-Royce 20-25 Coupe Coachwork By Park Ward for sale
‘This fine, quintessentially classic car comes equipped with a 4-speed manual transmission, wood trim, whitewall tires, and wire wheels. Altogether this is an extremely sought-after British classic that is mechanically sound.
‘In 1987 a marketing survey found that Rolls-Royce was only better known as a brand name by Coca-Cola.
1933 Rolls-Royce 20:25 Coupe Coachwork By Park Ward side view
‘The fruit of the 1904 partnership between Charles Rolls and Henry Royce, Rolls-Royce built on the superior engineering reputation Royce had established by building cranes, a business he had started in 1884. Their aim; to manufacture ‘the best car in the world‘.
‘Henry Royce had produced his first car, a two-cylinder Royce 10, in his Manchester factory in 1904. The pair met at the Midland hotel in Manchester on May 4 of that year. Rolls was the proprietor of an early motor car dealership, C.S Rolls and Co, in Fulham, West London.
‘The company quickly flourished. But faced with falling sales for Rolls-Royce’s then signature Silver Ghost in the deep financial slump post-World War I, in 1922 the company introduced the more affordable – for some, anyway – Rolls-Royce Twenty, with an engine half the size of its more expensive rival. The Twenty, a very reliable and distinguished car, was an immediate success.
‘In 1929 Rolls-Royce introduced the replacement for the Twenty, the 20/25 HP, which employed the chassis of its predecessor. The engine was enlarged to 3.7 liters, giving a significant increase in performance. Improved power had become a necessity as owners often insisted on fitting elaborate and heavy coachwork, which severely affected performance.
Alex Talks About This Rolls Royce
(testing the crank)
‘The 20/25 kept within the Rolls-Royce tradition of a two-model policy, being sold alongside the Phantom II, another luxury automobile. The 20/25 was offered as a more economical car and was smaller than its sibling. All of the 20/25HP were outfitted with custom coach-built bodies from legendary names such as Park Ward, Vanden Plas, Freestone and Webb, Brewster, Gurney Nutting, Park Ward, Coachcraft, and Thrupp & Maberly.
‘With nearly 4000 chassis created the 20/25 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.
1933 Rolls-Royce 20:25 RHD steering
‘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, with 0-50 mph taking approximately 20 seconds. The car had a top speed of 75 miles per hour.
‘Park Ward, of course, whose bodywork distinguishes the 20/25 we have on sale at Beverly Hills Car Club, was the great British coach-builder. Park Ward was the most prolific coach-builder of Rolls-Royce and Bentley chassis, ultimately completing over 4,300 cars.
‘Founded in 1919 the company was started by William MacDonald Park and Charles Ward, who had worked together at F.W. Berwick Limited, who made Sizaire Berwick cars. In 1920 they built their first Rolls-Royce body. From the mid-1920s Park Ward began to concentrate on Bentley and Rolls-Royce models. And by 1930 almost all of Park Ward’s work was dedicated to Rolls-Royce who in 1931 took a stake in the coach-building company. During the 1930s, with the backing of Rolls-Royce, Park Ward became involved in technical advances which enabled the building of all-steel bodies to Rolls-Royce’s high standards.
‘Throughout the production life of the 20/25 considerable work was done to improve the steering and suspension. The steering is highly geared; accordingly little turning of the wheel is required and it is accurate, thus enabling the car to be placed exactly where the driver wants. Visibility of each of the front corners is good, enabling the width to be easily assessed.
1933 Rolls-Royce 20:25 Coupe Coachwork By Park Ward engine
‘The Rolls-Royce 20/25 we are presently offering at Beverly Hills Car Club is unquestionably of another age.
‘But for some of us it might be an age in which we would prefer to be driving.
-Alex Manos, Owner
Pre-War Rolls Royce Buyer Alex Manos

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