1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25 H.J.Mulliner Sports Saloon GOH15 (1935)

£37,500

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Chassis nr. GOH15    
With one owner for 57 years from 1959, when the car was bought for £545 on hire purchase - as evidenced by the sales invoice still in the file, along with an agreement for the aforementioned purchase, showing 24 monthly payments of £10.18.2d, completed in 1961. He kept the car until 2016, when we acquired it, selling it to an enthusiastic owner shortly afterwards, who used and enjoyed it with his family. Following this, after a short period with another owner who unfortunately had to give up driving, it is back with us again, ready to move on to its next life chapter. Also in the file are various other interesting historical documents from that long-term ownership, including a complete record of owners from new. As you can perhaps imagine, this car is very correct and original, nicely undisturbed and very appealing, with decent blue/grey leather, attractive veeners with brass inlay and a large sliding sunroof. Handsome in design, with several attractive features, such as ‘trouser crease’ wings, P100 headlights, and Ace wheel discs. Rather scruffy body-wise, and flattered by the photos, but running and driving very well, enjoyed by the last owners, and perfectly useable as is. To be serviced, prepared and offered newly MoT tested.
Chassis No. GOH15            Reg. No. CYH 785      
Snippets: The American Owners
Although GOH15 never left British shores she did manage to have a pair of very distinguished American owners – from 1936/38 GOH15 was registered to Harvey Seeley Mudd (1888/1955) c/o Wilkins Devereaux Ltd in London.  Harvey was the son of Col Seeley Wintersmith Mudd (1861/1926), mine manager & engineer who in 1907 had co-founded the Ray Copper mine in Arizona which is still in production today; in 1916 the Colonel & his son started the Cyprus Mines Corporation (the Greek word for Cyprus is Kupros meaning copper) and the company remained with the family until 1970 when it was sold to Amoco.  After Colonel Mudd’s death Harvey expanded C.M.C. to include an Iron mine in Peru, copper mines in the Mediterranean, oil in the USA & shipping worldwide.  By the time of Harvey’s death (1955) C.M.C. had become the largest industry on Cyprus with the mine exporting a million tons of copper per year.  The Times newspaper described Mildred Esterbrook Mudd as “being a typical society matron noted for her “lavish parties, her charitable activities & her ancient Roman jewellery” which had been dug up in Cyprus at Harvey’s mining operation.  The Mudd’s home in Beverley Hills was designed in 1922 by Elmer Grey for Charles Boldt – owner of Boldt Glass Company famous for their Mason jars.  In 1941 during WWII GOH15 was owned for just 3 months by Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle (1897/1961) a wealthy socialite & diplomat (he also served during WWI & WWII).  Anthony was a scion of the Drexel & Biddle banking families.  In 1915 Anthony married Mary L. Duke a tobacco heiress but they divorced in 1931 – Anthony’s sister Cordelia had married Angier Duke who was Mary’s brother, making a very complicated in-law family tree!! Anthony’s 2nd marriage in 1932 was to Margaret Thompson Schulze (daughter of William Thompson a mining magnate & the ex-wife of Thomas Schulze) with a 2nd divorce to follow in 1945.  Anthony & Margaret’s son-in-law was Polish Royalty as Peggy Schulze (Margaret & Thomas’s daughter) had married Prince Alexander Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfurst (Oct 1939) shortly after the Drexel-Biddle family had escaped from Poland where Anthony had been stationed as the American Ambassador.  In 1946 Anthony Biddle married for a 3rd time to Margaret Loughborough (ex wife of William Loughborough), this marriage lasted until Biddle’s death in 1961, Margaret remarried in 1969 to Col Edwinston Robbins Rtd.
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  • Year: 1935
  • Doors: 4
  • Body type: Saloon
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Other
  • Colour: Blue

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