Salon Privé

24 - 23 June 2011
Lot 113

1924 Rolls-Royce 20 HP Open Tourer

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£61,600 GBP | Sold

United Kingdom | United Kingdom

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Chassis No.
GMK 2
Addendum: Please note this car is not taxes paid in the European Union.

3,127 cc OHV inline six-cylinder engine, three-speed manual gearbox, solid front and live rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 129"

- Attractive Bordeaux Red finish, new black hood early 2011

- Formerly in an Austrian museum collection

The new 20 HP Rolls-Royce, sometimes called the “Baby Rolls,” arrived in October 1922 and was specifically intended for the owner-driver. Distinguished from the older and larger Silver Ghost by a mono-bloc engine design with an overhead valvetrain, it was also fitted with a detachable cylinder head and a coil-and-battery-type ignition system. Initially built with a three-speed centre-change gearbox, it later incorporated a four-speed, right-hand-shift unit in 1925. Although smaller and less expensive than the Ghost and Phantom, the Twenty nonetheless received custom coachwork from many of the finest coachbuilders of the era.

This example from 1925, GMK 2, was sold new to G.M. Wood of Oldham and shipped to Joseph Cockshoot of Manchester for bodywork on 15th May 1924. The car was subsequently exhibited at the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley, prior to delivery to Mr. Wood. The subsequent history of GMK 2 is unknown but picks up in the late 1970s when it was in the ownership of New Town Garage in Kirriemuir, where it remained for nearly 10 years. Next, the car moved to Devon, then New Forest in 1989 and then Manchester, followed by some years in an Austrian museum collection and eventual acquisition by the current owner.

Attractively finished in Bordeaux Red with a new black folding hood fitted in early 2011, GMK 2 also features black upholstery and interior trim, as well as a fitted glove compartment within the polished wood dash. It has the early three-speed gearbox mounted in-unit with the engine, which is controlled by a correct centre-change gear lever and with the handbrake mounted to the right. Despite not having seen road use for some time now, GMK 2 is believed to be in sound mechanical order. Nevertheless, it will benefit from a mechanical re-commissioning prior to any anticipated touring.