1935 ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25hp LIMOUSINE
COACHWORK BY HOOPER & Co., Body No. 8353
Registration No. Formerly UK registered BXM 1
Chassis No. GLG 38
Engine No. M 6 K
Cream over brown, with black and tan leather interior
Engine: straight-six, overhead valve, 3699cc; Gearbox: four speed manual with side change and synchromesh on top ratios; Suspension: beam front, live rear with semi-elliptic leaf springs front and rear; Brakes: four wheel mechanically-operated servo-assisted drum. Right hand drive.
In 1929, Rolls-Royce decided to update its successful small horsepower model, the Twenty, with a modest increase in engine swept volume to become the 20/25. In this guise it lost none of its now legendary refinement and poise, while offering enhanced top-gear performance and all-round liveliness. It served the company admirably in the difficult depression years, continuing to appeal to the well-off private owner driver and to those who still preferred the services of a professional driver, for the chassis provided an excellent basis for elegant formal coachwork, which coachbuilders such as Barker, Park Ward and Hooper readily supplied.
GLG 38 was laid down at the Rolls-Royce works at the beginning of 1935, to the order of H.M. The King of Siam. When testing was completed at the end of February it was supplied to Hooper & Co. to be fitted with the enclosed limousine coachwork that it carries today. The choice of coachbuilder is perhaps hardly surprising in that at this time such was the reputation overseas of Hooper's specialised coachwork it lead the Times to quote their list of Royal and distinguished patrons as 'unequalled by any other coachbuilder in the world.'
The Rolls-Royce was clearly intended for use in the United Kingdom, and when completed was registered with the London Council number BXM 1. Chassis records confirm that it remained in this ownership until 1940, and by 1946 was the property of S. Box Esq. of Riverside Studios, Hammersmith. After this, no history is noted, until 1992 when a California title document confirms another change of owner.
Returning to the UK for sale, the 20/25hp is now sold in presentable though older restored condition, and sympathetic attention to its cosmetic appearance would be recommended. It is however reported to be in running order, and offers an entry to Rolls-Royce Enthusiast Club events, together with the benefit of an interesting early pedigree.