To substitute original coachwork by new bodies has not been unusual on
Rolls-Royce from the pre-war period. The high quality of technical
components did permit to use a car for many years – though the coachwork
was considered old-fashioned or simply didn't meet with the desire of a
later owner. A considerable number of new bodies were built after a car
had suffered from damage by accident or fire. There was another segment,
too: commercial use. The cars were quite sought after for conversion
into for fire engines or ambulances or hearses etc.
An ever increasing number of Rolls-Royce cars, that had started with
rather heavy 4-door coachwork in the form of limousines or saloons were
altered into open touring cars or cabriolets and thus given "a second
lease of life". Research did reveal that the life of #109GY did run
along such lines, too. The original coachwork no longer does exist.
After interim years when employed for commercial purposes a later owner
decided to arrange for an entirely new body to become fitted. He opted
on a 4-door 4-seater open tourer and in that form the car was used for
tours during the 1990s and well after Y2K. During those years the car
was registered in The Netherlands – hence it cannot be excluded the open
tourer coachwork had been put onto the chassis there; pure speculation
though if it was even made by a Dutch coachbuilder. The owner invested
painstaking care in keeping the car in fine fettle and a detailed file
with documents is proof he ordered spare parts and service from
suppliers and garages of high reputation. .