1926 Rolls-Royce 20hp Rippon D-Back Limousine GCK7 (1926)




Chassis Nr GCK7

A charming example, full of character, with interesting features such as ‘V’ windscreen, scuttle-mounted sidelights, low level RB50 headlights, 'diver's helmet' tail lights, correct, 23” wheels (including the spare, with option to mount on the side or on the rear), a John Barker trunk on the rear, and a roof vent in the rear compartment. The coachwork is tall and formal, still in its original black & white colour scheme, with styling typical of Rippon. The car was with one owner for 32 years from the mid eighties, leaving his custody in 2017. The 20hp comes with a run of MoT certificates going back to 1986. We re-commissioned the car five years ago and the work included a re-bore, new pistons, various peripheral engine work and in 2020 we fitted a new set of five 32x4 tyres and inner tubes. Clean & smart, in fine fettle, running very sweetly, driving well, serviced, and MoT tested.

Chassis No.  GCK7            Reg. No.    CX 7659        
Snippets: The Walkers – Mills & a Military Cross
Herbert Walker (1871/1933) was a scion of the Walker family of Huddersfield – the family concern owned several textile mills including Woodhouse Mill in Huddersfield & fabric dyeing works in Halifax.  When Herbert’s father, John Lee Walker died in 1905 he left £66,842 – a sum that today that would be in excess of £7million!  Several of Herbert’s relatives had served as Mayors of Huddersfield - Arthur Walker 1878/80 & John Lee Walker during 1895/97. One of his cousins, a Captain John Walker Clapham served with the West Riding Regiment during WWI and he was twice court marshalled (drunkenness & drinking out of hours followed at a later date of being AWOL & escaping from lawful custody!) however, in 1917 Capt. Clapham was awarded the Military Cross for his conspicuous gallantry & devotion to duty.  Captain Clapham obviously had a rebellious streak as in 1939 he was fined £25 for dangerous driving & on another occasion he was fined £5 for assaulting a police officer!  Herbert Walker died in June 1933 aged just 62 whilst he was staying at the Hotel Metropole in Brighton; his widow Catherine & his cousin Capt John Walker Clapham were the executors of his estate (some £137,000 which at today’s rate would be circa £9m).  There is a gap in the ownership of GCK7 from 1933 until 1955 when John Hopkins of Arkley in Hertfordshire became the custodian of the 20hp.

Show Time at Burghley House, Stamford.
Friday the 23rd June to Sunday 25th June 2023 inclusive.
The Real Car Co will be attending the RREC Annual Rally with a selection of their stock and an indoor display of Rolls-Royce & Bentley cars that they have sold since 1987. Come and visit our marquee and spot your car.

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  • Year: 1926
  • Doors: 4
  • Body type: Saloon
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: White

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