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Walker: R-R 25/30 in Detail 


Car of the Month - December 2011
Rolls-Royce 25/30 H.P., 1936, #GGR43
Sports Saloon by Thrupp & Maberly 


Rolls-Royce 25/30 H.P.

The company Thrupp & Maberly dates back to the year 1858 when two previously independent coachbuilders joined forces. The elder one of these had been founded in 1760 by a certain Joseph Thrupp, the other name came from George Maberly, harness maker and coachbuilder. During the second half of the 19th century George Maberly was considered a leading authority in coachbuilding; books he did compile were published in the UK and in the USA.

With the advent of the first internal combustion engined cars a diversion into a new business area was seen at Thrupp & Maberly. Their approach towards the new though noisy mode of travel was different to the attitude of many of the leading coachbuilders who simply didn’t expect the motor car to revolutionize the whole industry within a few years. Outstanding among the first cars bodied by Thrupp & Maberly is an Electric Victoria finished in 1896 for the Queen of Spain. In 1912 G.H. Thrupp became president of the Institute of British Carriage Builders and Automobile Manufacturers and thus enjoyed a vital position during a time when the car had matured from its infant stage.

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Rolls-Royce 25/30 H.P.

The company flourished and repeatedly had to move to more spacious fabric buildings after having outgrown their premises. The coachwork of the Rolls-Royce 25/30 H.P. shown here was made just after Thrupp & Maberly had been re-located to a new address, i.e. the former Darraq works at Warple Way, Acton. This Rolls-Royce 25/30 H.P. is a fine example of Thrupp & Maberly's coachwork – attractively designed and built to exacting quality standards.The timeless elegance of this Saloon not even during the early years after World War II would have been considered as ‘oldfashioned’ in England.

Rolls-Royce 25/30 H.P.

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