Baron's auctioneers will play host to a very special sale of classic cars dating from the 1930s to today, later this month (July 27).
The forty lots confirmed for the Sandown Park auction, to be held in Surrey, will include classics like the 1958 Jaguar XK150 Roadster, the 1966 Ford Mustang and a 1985 Mini.
However, for collectors seeking rare and timeless elegance, the auction presents a unique opportunity to invest in classic automobile that embodies those very words.
The Rolls-Royce 20/25 is a true one-off in the classic car market today. Built from 1929 to 1936, it was originally intended as a smaller alternative to the Rolls-Royce 20hp and many were bought by chauffeur driven owners.
The car has since gained further iconic status thanks to its use in various period-based films, like Atonement, Gosford Park and Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade.
The car's parts include a 6 cylinder in-line overhead valve engine. This was enlarged to 3699cc, allowing a top speed of 75mph (121km/h), significantly higher than the Rolls Royce 20hp. This was achieved by increasing the bore of the engine from 76 mm to 82 mm, while the stroke was maintained at 114 mm.
The classic creme interior
Its engine also features a single Rolls-Royce carburettor along with both coil and magneto ignition.
The car's unique chassis boasts a rigid front and rear axles suspended by half elliptic springs and includes braking on all four of the wheels, thanks to the mechanical servo.
In addition to this, two rears brakes are fitted for the handbrake. Also featured is the famous Rolls-Royce radiator which is fitted with shutters, controlled automatically via the thermostat.
Upon its release, the car was most innovative in its exterior design. It represents one of the first cars ever painted with a pearlescent metallic finish - an effect which was achieved by mixing fish scales into the paint.
The car is fitted with blue duo-tone coachwork courtesy of classic London bodywork designers Thrupp and Maberly.
The interior features cream leather alongside wood veneers with a silver inlaid line, all of which remain in immaculate condition.
Said to drive exceptionally well according to the seller and in superb condition, this classic auto currently carries an estimate of £43,000-48,000. Not bad for a car that's nearly three quarters of a century old.
Given the rarity and elegance of the car, it could see much more on the auction. Now all you need is a chauffeur...
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