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1923 Rolls-Royce 20 Roadster

The Twenty is arguably Rolls-Royce's first car to leave the legacy of the Edwardian age behind. Its 3,127cc overhead valve six foreshadowed the Phantom's design.

The gear change and brake moved inside the body tonneau where it was both more convenient and didn't require reaching outside into the wind and rain. Intended for motorists who drove themselves, it was ideally adapted to the increasingly empowered Jazz Age generation of the Twenties.

The Twenty's success saw the model steadily adapted and developed into the Thirties, a brilliant product planning decision that helped ensured Rolls-Royce's success.

This 1923 Rolls-Royce 20hp Roadster is one of the first built after the model's introduction, the 125th built and the 122nd tested. It was delivered to agent William Watson & Sons in Liverpool.

Research with the RREC in the UK indicates that it was likely delivered with this lightweight two-seater coachwork and was originally bodied by Watson's. '2 Seater Open' coachwork is noted on the Rolls-Royce chassis records. Maintenance by Watson's is noted on the chassis record into the late 30's.

It retains many features of the early Twenty models including rounded edge radiator, center gear change and cylinder head mounted ignition coil.

It has been restored in cream with tan leather upholstery and beige cloth top and is fitted with a rear-mounted spare with cloth cover, body color centerlock wire wheels, dual taillights and low mounted headlights that accent its sporting character.

Freshly serviced, it is ready to make a sporting statement in RROC and other events as well as to be a delightful mount for classic tours.

 


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