Frequently Asked Questions
(1922 - 1929)
20 H.P., 1923, #GA68, Flewitt Doctor's Coupé. Only very few of the small
horsepower Rolls-Royce 20 hp were originally delivered to the United
States. (Photo courtesy of George L. Doolittle Jr.)
Code-named "Goshawk" several experimental chassis had shown
most promising results when severe tests of the first 'baby' Rolls-Royce
had been executed. The Rolls-Royce 20 hp is easily recognizable by its
horizontally arranged radiator shutters (only the last series sported
vertical shutters). With a shorter wheelbase and a more economical engine
it proved an ideal addition to Rolls-Royce's range as a second model
alongside the Silver Ghost. Its lighter weight and a reduced turning
circle gave the 20 hp fine handling. large number were provided with
formal coachwork and heavy bodies didn't enhance performance.
Rolls-Royce 20 H.P., 1927, #GRJ52, Cockshoot Six Light Saloon. This
Twenty with it's typical horizontally arranged radiator shutters has been
one of those offered at Sotheby's Auction at the RREC's 1998 Annual
Meeting at Cottesbrooke Hall. (Photo courtesy of Sotheby's, London)
6 cylinder in-line engine, monobloc cylinder block, bore x stroke 3 x 4
1/2 in, capacity 3,127 cc, push-rod operated valves located in detachable
cylinder head; aluminium alloy crankcase; coil ignition (stand-by magneto
optional; from 1923 stand-by magneto standard); dry-plate type clutch; 3
speed gearbox with centre gear change (from 1925 4-speed-gearbox with
right-hand gear lever); spiral bevel final drive; suspension by
semi-elliptic springs front and rear, rear wheel brakes (from 1925 4-wheel
brakes, servo-assisted); wheelbase 3,276.6 mm (129 in); track 1,371.6 mm
(54 in) (from 1925 track 1,422.4 mm (56 in); tyre size 32 x 4 1/2 in (from
1926 tyre size 31 x 5 1/4, from 1929 tyre size 32 x 6)
Rolls-Royce 20 H.P., 1927, #GUJ70 Bertelli Sports Tourer. A clear
orientation on marine styling elements can be detected on this body with
its V-shaped windscreen.
Rolls-Royce 20 H.P., 1927, #GAJ77, Park Ward Saloon; the last series of
the 'Twenty' no longer were distinguished by horizontal radiator shutters.
As can be seen on this model - which lacked "tender loving care"
to a certain degree during recent years - Rolls-Royce had decided to
arrange for vertical shutters
2885 Rolls-Royce 20 H.P.