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1930 Rolls-Royce 20/25HP Sport Coupe
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1 4044 9/16/2008
Asking Price Shipping Amount Condition
$44,000.00 None Auction Results
Description: Offered For Sale at the:
RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall
August 6, 2005, Auburn Hills, Michigan


RM Auctions
One Classic Car Drive
Blenheim, Ontario
N0P 1A0 Canada
Phone: 519-352-4575
Website: www.rmauctions.com


1930 Rolls-Royce 20/25HP Sport Coupe
LOT: 048
Chassis No. GLR27
Sold at a price of $44,000


3,680cc inline six-cylinder overhead valve engine, dual ignition via coil and magneto, four-speed manual transmission, semi-elliptic springs all around with centralized chassis lubrication and four-wheel servoassisted mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 129"


Chassis number GLR27, the lovely and very handsome Park Ward sport coupe offered here was delivered to Rye, New York in 1930 but wound up in the hands of Dr. Arthur McGraw of Grosse Pointe, Michigan in 1935. Dr. McGraw joined the Henry Ford Hospital staff in 1922 and later became the Surgeon-in-Charge of what was then known as the "Tumor Clinic." Although unconfirmed, he is also reported to have been one of Henry Ford’s personal physicians.


Surviving correspondence documents Dr. McGraw’s conveyance of the car to the Edison Institute in 1939, where it remained on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn until 1982. At that time, it was purchased at auction by James Metheny of Coachbuilt Motors in Columbus, Ohio, who aquired the car for his personal collection. James retained the car until he sold it to the vendor in March of this year.


Except for a color change in the 1930s (the car was originally maroon but went into the museum in the green with black wings paint scheme it retains today, having not been repainted since), the car is very original, retaining most if not all of the unusual features
shown on the chassis card, including fitted luggage, unique turn signals, spare and tools in the boot (no external spare). The interior is original as well, but Mr. Metheny did replace the two seater's leather top. Although largely unrestored, GLR27 has received excellent maintenance and care throughout its life, and today, even the work done years ago has acquired a lovely patina.


Perhaps the most appealing feature of the car is its unique two place sport coupe coachwork. To modern eyes, many of the bodies fitted to Rolls-Royce cars are less than attractive; GLR27 is a notable exception, with a compact passenger compartment that lengthens the appearance of the bonnet while lending a distinct sporting appearance to a chassis that more often received rather utilitarian coachwork.


The vendor purchased the car with the intention of preparing it for a tour in the U.K., although a change of plans has resulted in his decision to part with GLR27. Nonetheless, in preparation for the tour, an extensive program of road testing, inspection, and repairs
to the fuel and ignition systems was undertaken. The mechanical work was done by the vendor’s shop, while the cosmetic updates were handled by D&D Restorations in Ohio. Today, this highly original and very pretty coupe offers a unique blend of style and originality. It is refreshing indeed to find a well preserved example in a world surrounded by restored cars that retain little if any of their original character and patina.
Keywords: 1930 Rolls-Royce 20/25HP Sport Coupe


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