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Coachwork by Thrupp & Maberly
In the 1930s, Rolls-Royce produced a series of small-horsepower models: the 20/25, 25/30, and by the late 1930s, the Wraith. Introduced in 1936, the improved 25/30 HP model replaced the popular 20/25 and was substantially faster with a top speed of about 80 mph. The new, longer 132" wheelbase provided the perfect platform for a variety of custom coachwork, as evidenced by this Saloon showcasing a razor-edge design.
This charming right-hand-drive 1937 Rolls-Royce has been housed in the Gordon R. Howard Museum in Burbank, California, since its acquisition in 1968. Mr. Howard, an avid collector of early automobiles, was attracted to the vehicle’s unique styling and smooth ride. While this vehicle has never undergone a comprehensive restoration, the engine and mechanicals have been serviced and tended to as needed. Prior to the auction, the Rolls-Royce was driven from Burbank to Van Nuys, California in 100° weather, and upon arrival the consignor proclaimed, “she ran like a top.”
This stately Rolls-Royce comes with a partial tool kit as well as copies of the Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club report and Schoellkopf Ownership Card and is a testament to the superior build quality of England’s most famous automobile manufacturer.