Rolls-Royce increased the size of its smaller model steadily from the 3,127cc Twenty's introduction in 1922 through the 3,675cc 20/25 in 1929 and finally to the 4,257cc 25/30hp in 1936. Its overhead valve six-cylinder engine was nearly as smooth as its 12 cylinder counterpart the Phantom III and made about 115hp, sufficient to give 80 mph performance even with heavy closed coachwork. Its 6" narrower track and 10" shorter wheelbase suited it to Britain's narrow lanes and congested villages and cities, making it a favorite of famed drivers like T.O.M. Sopwith, Prince Bira and Sir Malcolm Campbell. Its compact dimensions complemented close-coupled coachwork from Britain's finest coachbuilders, like this Sedanca deVille from Gurney Nutting. Restored by Rolls-Royce specialist Al Pruitt to AACA National First Prize winning standards in 1990, every detail has been professionally addressed to the highest standards. It has been carefully and consistently maintained and sparingly used since restoration. The coachwork is some of Gurney Nutting's finest, tastefully sleek and elegant with flowing fenders, a low roofline, folding top over the front seats, leather-covered fixed rear roof with landau bars and subtle chrome detailing like the spear under the window sills and bordering the fixed roof. It is finished in medium grey with a dark grey beltline accent and silver painted center lock wire wheels complemented by grey leather upholstery and interior trim. The instrument panel, dashboard and window sills are beautifully trimmed in meticulously book-matched burled wood veneer. The body profile slopes gently to the rear where its sportiness is accentuated with an enclosed rear spare wheel and tire and unusual fan-shaped exhaust pipe turndown. The big Lucas headlights are supplemented with a driving light. The rear compartment is especially snug and comfortable with a pull-down center armrest, light grey headliner, pull-down rear window shade and burl wood trimmed vanity compartments in the top quarters. Large swiveling vent windows on the rear hinged doors add valuable weather protection. Practical, quiet, handsome, elegant, luxurious and refined, this 1936 Rolls-Royce 25/30hp Gurney Nutting Sedanca deVille is exceptionally well preserved in nearly show-ready condition.
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