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Rolls Royce Surprising Hidden Seats Are Cool + Scary

Rolls-Royce 20/25: One of the cars that saved Rolls-Royce. Sometimes they were called "Dickey Seats" or for a joke "Mother in Law Seats". You can see why with this demonstration, if the roof was up, you were literally left out in the cold. Joking aside, they are actually a really handy thing to have, providing space for extra passengers or a lot of space for luggage or shopping - even champagne!
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This is a very pretty, early, short wheelbase Rolls-Royce 20/25 which could be described as a Doctor’s Coupe, but whatever term you use, it is a lovely configuration, very desirable, attractive to the eye, and very nicely proportioned. Having been with one family from 1965 until 2021 – 56 years, two thirds of its life so far, this Rolls-Royce has been well cared-for, and is nicely correct. Properly re-wired in correct, cotton-covered cable, fitted with overdrive, which is a very worthwhile upgrade in our opinion, and unusually has radial ply tyres - not often seen on Rolls-Royce 20/25 cars. Desirable Rolls-Royce touches include a very nice set of correct instruments, pillar-mounted spotlight, 'Gothic' rear lamps, and original trafficator arms, which work in conjunction with flashing indicators incorporated into the existing Rolls-Royce lamps (front & rear), all operating from the same switch. The Rolls-Royce is smart, sound, running very well, and benefits from a combination of the vintage appeal of a Rolls-Royce 20hp and the performance of a Rolls-Royce 20/25. A delightful little Rolls-Royce car, full of charm and character, and offered, serviced, prepared and MoT tested until September 2023.

Rolls-Royce Chassis No. GGP35 Rolls-Royce Reg No. TL 1040 Price £75,000

The Rolls-Royce 20/25 was the second of Rolls-Royce Ltd's pre-war entry level models. Built between 1929 and 1936, it was tremendously popular, becoming the most successful selling inter-war Rolls-Royce. Its success enabled Rolls-Royce to survive the economic difficulties of the Great Depression years and remain one of world's great brands. A total of 3,827 20/25s were produced, of which over 70% are still on the road today.

The Rolls-Royce 20/25 was the successor of the highly successful 20 hp Rolls-Royce Twenty introduced in 1922. The target market for the Rolls-Royce 20/25 was the same as the Twenty – the luxury, owner driver market. The project to develop the next generation Rolls-Royce 20 hp was code named Goshawk. The goal for the new model was to increase power & performance. This was achieved by increasing the bore size from 3 to 3.25 inches. The stroke was unchanged at 4.5 inches. This resulted in a 17% increase in capacity from 3128 to 3675cc – bring the RAC rating up to 25.4 hp.

The new Rolls-Royce 20/25 model was debuted at the 1929 Olympia Motor Show and proved to be tremendously popular becoming the greatest of the inter-war successes. There were 3827 Rolls-Royce 20/25 hp produced – over twice the number of its contemporary sibling the Rolls-Royce Phantom II. The popularity of the Rolls-Royce 20/25 saved Rolls-Royce Limited during the pre-war economically difficult years. Ultimately the Rolls-Royce 20/25 model was replaced by the Rolls-Royce 25/30 model in 1936 in which the bore was further increased to 3.5 inches. In 1938 the 25/30 was given a new chassis with independent front suspension and was renamed the Rolls-Royce Wraith.

The Rolls-Royce 20/25 also enabled Rolls-Royce Ltd to quickly capitalize on its 1931 acquisition of Bentley Motors Ltd. As part of integrating its acquisition, Rolls-Royce management discontinued the Bentley 8-Litre car due to the perceived market overlap with the Rolls-Royce Phantom II. This meant the acquisition brought with it the Bentley brand, debt and engineers & manufacturing employees with no product to produce. They quickly decided to create a new Bentley using the 20/25 engine with some adaptations and a chassis developed for a 2 ¾ litre Rolls-Royce that was to be an economy version of the 20/25 but had been cancelled. This formed the basis of the first Derby Bentley – the 3 ½ litre Bentley. The "Silent Sports Car" as they become known were highly successful and were another major contribution of the 20/25 to the success of Rolls-Royce Ltd.
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added on 14 Apr. 2023

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