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Car of the Month - December 2005
Rolls-Royce 20/25 H.P, 1934, #GLB22
Barker Sedanca de Ville

Rolls-Royce 20/25H.P

The shockwaves following „Black Friday“ on Wall Street in 1929 did hit Rolls-Royce, too. The most severe result was that Rolls-Royce of America closed their factory at Springfield, Massachussetts. The parent company had to comply with the difficult economic conditions, too. In October 1931 for example Rolls-Royce advertised a reduction in price of the “big” Phantom II, that became 100 Pound Sterling less expensive than hitherto, i.e. the basic price was now 1,750GBP instead of 1,850GBP for the short chassis and 1,800GBP instead of 1,900GBP for the long chassis. The Rolls-Royce 20/25 H.P., powered by an engine of 3.669ccm capacity (“only” half of what the "big" Phantom showed) was reduced in price by the considerable amount of 135 Pound Sterling; to a mere 1,050GBP for the chassis. 

Rolls-Royce 20/25H.P

The worst results of the World Economic Crisis though had been overcome in the UK by 1934. That was the year when Barker delivered this Sedanca de Ville coachwork on the 20/25 chassis with chassis-no. #GLB22 to a female client. The lady got a very fine car, elegant in its lines and proportions and breathtakingly well equipped – a perfect match for a chassis from the manufacturer who made “The Best Car in the World”..

Rolls-Royce 20/25H.P

The photos shown here have been taken some thirty years ago – and in the Roßfeldt-Archives these are from the very few photos on negative film. The vast majority of the 100,000+ photos of Rolls-Royce and Bentley filed here are transparencies. Recently a new scanner for transparencies and negatives only has been installed here and to produce digitized images of some old photos was started.

Despite the fact, that the photos from negatives don’t show good quality, these might be of interest?
After all as far as is known #GLB22 did appear in a book but once. A mono-photo was shown in the first-ever book about Rolls-Royce and Bentley in the German language “Die Geschichte der Marken Rolls-Royce und Bentley”. Less than 5 copies from this book that was published in 1981 are still available.

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