The Property of John Hill, present owner for 56 years
1930 ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25hp DROPHEAD COUPÉ
COACHWORK BY H.J. MULLINER
Registration No. GF 7408
Chassis No. GWP 4
Engine No. U 8 L
Black with green leather interior
Engine: six cylinder in line, overhead valve, 3,699c.c. 25.3hp; Gearbox: four speed manual; Suspension: semi-elliptic leaf spring, front and rear; Brakes: four wheel drum, servo-assisted. Right hand drive
Originally sold new to the The Stepney Carrier Co. Ltd. for H.G.Norris. GWP 4 is an excellent example of one of the most appropriate coachwork designs on these chassis, the well-proportioned two seater drophead. Often such cars are configured to have a rear dickey seat to provide additional passenger space, but this car is particularly unusual in that it has a boot at the rear, and instead two 'jump' seats behind the main seats in the driving compartment. The potential storage space is also commodious as the partition between the front seating area and boot can be removed.
It was these characteristics that drew it to its current owner, John Hill in 1947, when he was searching for a car that would prove reliable transport for his farm. In the austere post-war era there were very few cars available for which he would be able to keep on the road with spares and maintenance, but the Rolls-Royce was one, and initially he would rely on their parts department. Mr Hill was fortunate enough to purchase it from the executor of the estate of the first owner.
The car became a familiar sight in Suffolk in the 1950s, but would ironically be consigned to storage when Mr Hill chose to pursue a career in politics as Tory MP for South Norfolk and was advised that his driving of a Rolls-Royce was not fitting for his profile!
After his 20 year stand, the car would be retrieved from storage and the decision was made to put it back into running order. Well advised during restoration, work has largely been carried out sympathetically with respect to the originality of the car. It still retains its original upholstery for example, albeit carefully Connolised in recent years.
Today this extremely attractive and unusual Rolls-Royce offers all weather motoring.
After 56 years, and despite having just finished his first book, Better late than never? detailing world travel in 1935, at the age of 90 Mr Hill has decided to part with the car.
Never actively campaigned within club circles, the car would provide a very usable entry for the variety of events organised by the National and International organisations for the marque. The car is currently road taxed and MoT'd and as such is ready to use, it would make an excellent and usable family touring Rolls.
A comprehensive file of history is offered with the car, together with the factory records, which we recommend be inspected as they make interesting reading and include correspondence throughout its ownership with the factory, and many suppliers invoices.
with the factory, and many suppliers invoices.