1931 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Sedanca de Ville by Windovers

***Vendor supplied images***

Highlights


  • Beautifully proportioned coachwork
  • Art Deco touches throughout
  • Interior dividing screen

The Appeal


Surely there’s no better way to make an entrance than in an early Rolls-Royce. And this 20/25 allows you to conduct your chauffeur from the privacy of the rear passenger compartment, while keeping an eye on progress with your own speedometer. This, naturally, is mounted atop the built-in drinks cabinet. Inside the drinks cabinet is, we believe, the only lazy Susan that Car & Classic has ever brought to auction. 

Such unusual original features are what makes this Rolls-Royce special. Even the delightful Sedanca de Ville coachwork is rare, with its split running boards and Art Deco flourishes. 

This 20/25 is presented in excellent condition throughout, with very well preserved paintwork and beautifully patinated leather inside. It will certainly provide luxurious transportation for many years to come.

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The History and Paperwork


  • First registered on 7th May 1931
  • Road Tax and MOT exempt 
  • Historic photographs of restoration included
  • Instruction book
  • V5C in vendor’s name
  • Original ‘buff’ logbook
  • Copies of hand-written service records

The Interior


  • Beautifully patinated leather upholstery
  • Gauges for rear passengers
  • Drinks cabinet with a lazy Susan

The interior of this Rolls-Royce is very much a tale of two parts. The front compartment provides accommodation for the driver and a passenger, with a removable roof section for open-air motoring and wind-up windows for when the weather is less favourable. The driver’s window also features a quick release lower section to allow hand signals to be easily executed. 

A right-hand gear change allows for plenty of legroom and the large steering wheel is surmounted by a collection of hand controls and the horn button. A large bulb horn lies easily to hand and the windscreen can be opened for ventilation. It is shaded by a glass visor and a spot lamp is within the driver’s reach. The wooden dashboard is in fine condition and well stocked with a full set of gauges and switches keeping the driver informed of the car’s condition. 

Gauges are also a feature of the rear passenger compartment. Although separated by a dividing screen, the rear passengers can keep an eve on their own speedometer, as well a being supplied with a clock, barometer and a fascinating circular thermometer. The clock, and possibly the barometer, appear to be later additions. These gauges sit atop a drinks cabinet, which has provision for holding several decanters in a lazy Susan and a few glasses, although the glassware itself is no longer present. 

The leather upholstery looks to be in excellent condition throughout, exhibiting just the right amount of well-worn patina without looking tatty. The carpets, door cards and headlining are similarly well presented. And we particularly like the stylish Art Deco door handles and window winders, which place this Rolls-Royce squarely in the 1930s. 

The Exterior 


  • Excellent pale blue over black paintwork
  • Twin side-mount spare wheels
  • Unusual running boards

Painted in a fetching shade of pale blue over black wings, this 20/25 looks splendidly opulent — even from afar. The paint looks to be in excellent condition throughout, with a good depth of colour and a high level of polish. 

The imposing Palladian radiator surround is, of course, topped with the Spirit of Ecstasy and the long bonnet is flanked by twin side-mount spare wheels. A pair of large Lucas tripod headlamps illuminate the road ahead and are assisted by a centrally mounted spot lamp, as well as the swivelling spot lamp near the driver. Twin horns complete the scene at the front of the car, along with a polished chrome-plated bumper. 

The Windovers Sedanca de Ville coachwork suits the car very well and is beautifully proportioned. It features unusual running boards, separate for front and rear passengers, as well as a useful luggage boot to the rear. Polished aluminium discs cover the wire wheels and the car runs on a full set of Paymaster tyres, which appear to retain good tread. 


The Mechanics 


  • 3,669cc six-cylinder engine
  • Four-speed transmission
  • Battery cutout

Lifting the long bonnet reveals the powerful, straight-six, 3.7-litre engine. It can be accessed from either side for ease of servicing, and all the main components and ancillary items are proudly on display. The engine features coil ignition and is fed by an Autovac fuel pump. And, unusually for a car of this period, there is a glass bottle of screenwash mounted on the bulkhead, which is likely to be a later addition. A small modern electric pump has been added for ease of use. 

The vendor informs us that the engine starts up easily every time and runs well. Notes on the starting procedure and running controls will be supplied by the vendor. It is said to be a joy to drive and mechanically sound. 

With its overhead valves, four-speed gearbox and powerful engine, this Rolls-Royce is certainly a very capable motorcar. But it does retain some pleasingly idiosyncratic features, such as the hand-operated bonnet louvers for regulating the cooling system. Later cars adopted the use of a thermostat, but we’re pleased to see that this unusual system has been retained. 

Summary


An imposing motorcar, which wears fabulously unusual coachwork and retains many original details.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1931
  • Make Rolls Royce
  • Model 20/25
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 56,765 Miles
  • Engine size 3669
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Tavistock
  • Location Devon
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
17 bids
  • barchet•••• £42,500 26/01/23
  • jonatha•••• £42,000 26/01/23
  • Austin1•••• £40,000 26/01/23
  • barchet•••• £39,250 26/01/23
  • Austin1•••• £39,000 26/01/23
  • jonatha•••• £37,000 25/01/23
  • Austin1•••• £36,000 25/01/23
  • jonatha•••• £31,000 25/01/23
  • Austin1•••• £30,000 25/01/23
  • jonatha•••• £26,000 24/01/23

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