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1926 Rolls Royce 20hp Barker all weather cabriolet. £79,000
- Location: Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Chassis number GYK3
License number: BL798VA (French).
A magnificent 20hp in utterly original condition.
The car is illustrated in colour on page 269 of John Fasal's Book "The Rolls-Royce 20."
Coachwork is by renowned coach builders Barker & Co. The body is interestingly finished in a scumbled faux wood finish; in this case oak, with incredible attention having gone into the wood graining including areas of simulated quarter sawn wood exhibiting splendid medullary rays as found in finest English oak. The faux finish was applied from new & even covers the petrol tank.
The hood is a lovely three position fully collapsing affair in the style of a salamanca or all weather tourer. It boasts a miniscule oval window to the rear. It can be used in three modes: Fully closed; with the front rolled back sedanca style, or fully open. The hood is of original leather but quite supple & in good condition. The central pillars fold down to give unimpeded views from the rear.
The car has had major works done to the engine internals & is running is sweetly as any 20hp I have ever encountered. The slightest nudge on the starting handle is enough to stir her into life & she settles down from cold & runs in uncanny silence. The car drives as well as any pre war Rolls I have driven. Taut suspension, play free steering & impeccable road manners pulling smoothly in top from the lowest of speeds. I collected it in the Dordogne & drove it back covering 800 or so miles on route, whilst taking in the sights of Brittany. As with many of these cars, the more it ran, the better it became. Average speed was between 40 & 50 & on the byways of rural France it never felt too slow.
The car was ordered new by one Lucy Stuttard, the daughter of a wealthy cotton spinner. She owned the car for 40 years until her death in 1964. Since then it has clearly been cherished & impeccably maintained & preserved.
The car retains its original leather to the front & door cards & is absolutely correct in all its details. The rear is wool cloth with a similar lining inside the hood. It has straight sided 32 x 4" tyres with a single spare side mounts & a rear mounted spare. The lamps are Barkers patented dipping units. The division is in full working order with a small speaking porthole located behind the drivers hear. Best to leave it closed as it blows a draft directly to the rear of ones neck when open.
The original brass replacement bulb holder is tucked up under the dash in its appointed place. A single occasional chair folds out in the rear on the drivers side.
I have to again stress how utterly original & untouched this car is. It is in completely time warp condition & would be a piece of note in any collection. It is an opportunity which will not be easily repeatable.
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Office 01442 236711
Richard Biddulph 07967 260673
Adi 07853 226940
We accept Credit/Debit Cards.
Part Exchange welcome.
Weekend & evening viewings OK.
Viewings by appointment in Hemel Hempstead, Watlington & Marlow. Call to check vehicle location
- Mileage: 5,200