1935 Rolls Royce 20/25hp (Coachwork by Barker)

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  • Coachwork by renowned coachbuilder, Barker
  • Ivory over black coachwork in excellent condition
  • Light cream leather bench seat and door cards to front, re-upholstered
  • Beige ‘West of England’ hide rear bench seat, re-upholstered
  • Originally built for Lady Boles, wife of a prominent Somerset MP

The Appeal

Introduced in 1929, the new 20/25hp was an immensely popular car in its day. These comfortable, luxurious cars are often credited with Rolls-Royce's long-term survival. After all, there was a Great Depression on, and many early limo makers were falling to the wayside. Thankfully, the 20/25 proved to sell nearly 4,000 vehicles - an impressive enough number to keep the company going in style.

This particular car is a prime example of British luxury motoring, boasting elegant - and very desirable - coachwork by Barker, one of the most esteemed coachbuilders of the era. Originally built for Lady Boles, it's clearly been treasured by every one of its owners since. Almost 90 years later, the car's ivory-over-black coachwork is in excellent condition.

The interior has been re-upholstered with light cream leather to the front and beige 'West of England' hide to the rear, while some minor modifications for modern use, such as twin electric fuel pumps and electronic ignition, have been fitted to help the car keep up to modern expectations.

History and Paperwork

  • First registered on 6th December 1935
  • Owned since October 2013 with 6 former registered keepers
  • Engine No: J23Q (V5C states J24Q but this is incorrect)
  • Original Owners Handbook included
  • Always garaged in Southampton, Hampshire
  • Currently indicates 71,484 miles on a five-figure odometer

The Condition

  • Ivory over black coachwork in excellent condition
  • No sign of any dents or dings
  • Paintwork and chrome showing light wear, but largely in good order
  • 'Spirit of Ecstasy' ornament still proudly on display
  • Colour matched wheels in good condition
  • Walnut dashboard, cappings & trims
  • Opening windscreen and 'pop-out' rear windows
  • Fitted division with sliding glass screen between passenger & driver compartments
  • Light cream leather bench seat & door cards to front, re-upholstered in December 2017
  • Beige ‘West of England’ hide rear bench seat, re-upholstered in May 2017
  • Engine bay in good order & largely original

The Mechanics

  • 3669cc I6 powerplant - giving the eponymous 25hp
  • Twin electric fuel pumps
  • Electronic ignition
  • Full stainless-steel exhaust
  • Built-in jacks (single front axle & twin rear axle)
  • Wefco gaiters fitted to road springs
  • Ace-type wheel discs all round


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This vehicle is “Sold As Seen”, on an “As Is, Where Is’ basis and without warranty. A full inspection of the vehicle prior to purchase and bidding is highly recommended. Photos and descriptions are for guidance purposes only. 
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1935
  • Make Rolls Royce
  • Model 20 25
  • Colour Multicolour
  • Odometer 71,484 Miles
  • Engine size 3669
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Romsey
  • Location Hampshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
18 bids
  • sa•••• £20,319 27/02/24
  • sa•••• £20,069 25/02/24
  • sa•••• £18,226 24/02/24
  • sa•••• £17,000 24/02/24
  • sa•••• £16,069 24/02/24
  • sa•••• £15,069 24/02/24
  • sa•••• £13,669 24/02/24
  • sa•••• £13,222 24/02/24
  • sa•••• £12,777 24/02/24
  • ha•••• £12,000 24/02/24
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