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Car of the Month - March 2010
Rolls-Royce 25/30, 1936, #GUL3
Drophead Coupé

  Rolls-Royce 25/30 H.P.

Coachwork in the form of a 3-Position Drophead Coupé had not been first choice for the third Rolls-Royce 25/30 H.P. that was finished at the factory. In April 1936 the car was delivered to coachbuilders Thrupp & Maberly and bodied there as a Limousine to Design-No. TC.1015/G – a formal Limousine of conventional layout. That can be stated although the original body no longer does exist nor are photos available from the early life of the car with chassis-number #GUL3. However Thrupp & Maberly built several cars to this design; indeed even the prototype of the 25/30 H.P. model series had identical coachwork; a mono-photo of #22-G-V was filed with the archives.

Rolls-Royce 25/30 H.P.

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Neither the exact date is known when the new body on chassis #GUL3 was erected nor do the documents permit to state which coachbuilder has done this job. This car had been subject to a ‚heart-transplant’ because the engine (the 20/30 H.P. had a capacity of 4 ¼ litre versus the predecessor’s 3.7 litres) under the bonnet is now that with number G26W and that did come from the 25/30 H.P. with chassis-number #GTL59. Most presumably that car had been dismantled, quite possible that what remained has been scrapped because the last note on that car was from the year 1951. The experimental car with chassis number #22-G-V didn’t exist much longer as that was scrapped in 1955. No doubt that #GUL3 enjoyed a better fate because with engine having been substituted and an attractive new coachwork having been fitted that car was given a second lease of life.

Rolls-Royce 25/30 H.P.

Rolls-Royce 25/30 H.P.

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