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of the Month - April 2003
Rolls-Royce 20/25 H.P, #GAE66, 1934,
H.J. Mulliner Saloon
The Rolls-Royce 20/25 H.P. was the best-selling model of the company
during inter-War years. In Tom Clarke’s standard reference book “The
Rolls-Royce 20/25 H.P.” the number produced is given as 3,824. This total
though doesn’t include experimental cars which might be an explanation why
other sources state 3,827 had been built. Because of the dominance of the
chauffeur-driven owner during that time the vast majority of 20/25 H.P.
were bodied with formal coachwork; among Rolls-Royce customers
owner-drivers were yet a minority.
H.J. Mulliner saloon of rather conservative outward appearance is
a perfectly well executed owner-driver motor car. Perhaps some features
adding to the 4-door 4-light saloon body’s restrained elegance are not
immediately obvious. The nicely proportioned saloon is rather short
without an integral trunk. The design wasn’t marred by exposed hinges. The
hidden type was used, and the rear doors being hinged on the B-post.
Obviously a fine Rolls-Royce motor car with no manifestation of
extravaganza - not even the nearside-mounted searchlight appears as such.
The interior is
in line with the general design, no features would have qualified for
being decorative alone. The owner-driver benefited from an opening
windscreen – still often preferred to fitting a sunroof. The body afforded
plenty of legroom and had, at the front, two separate and easily
adjustable seats of a particularly comfortable type. Invariably details
were a question of individual choice – note the ashtray and the press-down
cigar lighter in the capping rail (visible via an inset glass was the
announcement that the right temperature had been reached). Note, too, that
there are three different types of handles to operate side windows: a
“quick release” on the driver’s side plus a knurling knob for the small
window, whereas standard winding mechanisms were fitted to the passenger’s
and rear-door windows.
Rolls-Royce supplied a chassis that provided effortless, smooth and
reliable performance. H.J. Mulliner combined excellence of material and
workmanship – and complemented the whole into a creation of restrained