Lot 247


1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Saloon by Hooper

Offered from The Sportiva Collection


€25,300 EUR | Sold

Monaco | Monaco, Monaco



Chassis No.
Engine No.
Italian Libretto
  • Offered from The Sportiva Collection
  • Striking coachwork by one of the finest shops
  • An older restoration example, complete with its matching-numbers engine
  • An ideal driver’s 20/25 for rallies and other jaunts
Addendum: Please note, this car’s clutch is inoperable and requires mechanical inspection prior to being driven.

Veuillez noter que l'embrayage de cette voiture est défectueux et nécessite une inspection mécanique avant d'être conduit.

One of the fine 20/25 “owner-driver” chassis produced as a companion to the Phantoms I and II, chassis number GSY76 was bodied by the highly respected Westminster firm of Hooper & Company. Among the best-known British coachbuilders, Hooper was known for the outstanding quality of its work, as well as for the unusual breadth of its design talents; the company was capable of building everything from formal saloons to dramatic open cars with equal flair and success. In this case, they produced a very well-balanced and attractive saloon body. Deeply valanced wings conceal the chassis and suspension for a more streamlined appearance, while the lines are further lightened by a subtly curved roofline and slightly close-coupled tail.

Upon its completion by Hooper, the Rolls-Royce was delivered in May 1933 to the wealthy landowner Hannah Louise Wightman of Great Carlton, Lincolnshire. Subsequent owners were recorded by Rolls-Royce as J. Norman Berry, Esq., of Lindley; C.J. Donada of Farnham, Surrey; J.J. Calderwood of Wiltshire; and Huw. D. Walters of Carmarthenshire, in 1959. Previous MoT certificates indicate chassis GSY76 was in the UK in 1998, with the car being purchased and exported to Italy in October 2001. Trading hands with various enthusaists, it entered the consignor’s collection in 2022.

Restored some years ago, the car is presented in a rich combination of royal blue and aquamarine, with disc wheel covers, dual trumpet horns, and a driving light adding period flair to its livery. The interior features blue leather upholstery and fine woodwork, including vanity compartments at the passengers’ shoulders, while a sliding sunshine roof above the driver permits open-air driving in fine weather. Upon inspection, it has been found to retain its matching-numbers engine, and the correct stamp is present on the bonnet hinge alongside various ancillaries. Please note, this vehicle is in running and driving condition, but it is recommended an inspection and servicing be carried out prior to extended road use. Accompanying is a small history file, including copies of the build records, as always fascinating and highly detailed reading for any Rolls-Royce connoisseur—who will undoubtedly be as pleased with this car as have its last owners for over 90 years.