1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25HP Park Ward Saloon - barnfind project

1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25HP Park Ward Saloon - barnfind project

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andyfeaver

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20 posts

3 months

Thursday 17th February
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Hi all,

I thought I'd like to record and share the experiences of buying and restoring a 1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25HP saloon. I have always had a passion for these vehicles, probably fired by the trips out in a family friend's 20/25 (chassis no. GBT25) many years ago. The image below is of a 7 year old me sat on the bumper of GBT25, with my mother leaning on the wing.



During the 2020 - 2021 lockdowns I thought about this car a lot and wondered if it still existed. Sure enough, after quite a lot of searching I found it and was able to trace the owner. Late last year I finally met up with the car's current owner and saw the car from my childhood.



I started thinking that maybe a 20/25 (or at least some sort of pre-war car) would be a nice addition to the fleet. I went to see a number of great pre-war Rolls-Royces and Bentleys around the country, but none of them seemed "right". Then I saw a car very similar to the one from my childhood up for sale at auction in Buxton in December 2021. I went simply "just to have a look", but one thing led to another and I found myself bidding for it and.....well, it didn't reach it's reserve, so it was sold to me provisionally. A long wait ensued while the auction house talked to the seller and in the end I was told it was mine! What had I done?










Jhonno

4,266 posts

118 months

Thursday 17th February
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In.. Love it already.

JeremyH5

1,097 posts

112 months

Thursday 17th February
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How very interesting. Looks like a lot of tlc is needed.
Do tell, I’m sure many people will be as interested as I am.

Konrod

820 posts

205 months

Thursday 17th February
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You are a brave man. I've got this one bookmarked, looking forwards to the updates.

0a

23,605 posts

171 months

Thursday 17th February
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Wow. I predict this will be A Thread!

BrettMRC

2,498 posts

137 months

Thursday 17th February
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Excellent!
Looking forwards to the updates smile

ettore

3,492 posts

229 months

Thursday 17th February
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Excellent work! There is another 20/25 thread on here as well.

Northbrook

1,309 posts

40 months

Thursday 17th February
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The absolute right thing - that's what you'd done.

Krikkit

23,806 posts

158 months

Thursday 17th February
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In for this one!

If you ever need a hand feel free to PM me, being in Cheshire you can't be far away, and who doesn't love working on lovely old cars? biggrin

classicaholic

1,169 posts

47 months

Friday 18th February
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That will keep you in the garage a while! I had a 25/30 but someone else did all the hard work, I just added a bit of cosmetics and wiring and a few other bits but it was a wonderful thing for wafting along on a weekend.

I hope the engine is OK, thats the hard bit to get, Looking forward to the updates.

S100HP

11,801 posts

144 months

Saturday 19th February
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Readers cars really is one of the best things about this website.

Was there ever any discussion about purchasing the car from your childhood?

pits

6,232 posts

167 months

Sunday 20th February
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In, this has the makings of being awesome.

Got4wheels

69 posts

3 months

Sunday 20th February
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This has the makings of a brilliant thread!

TR4man

4,569 posts

151 months

Sunday 20th February
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Oh yes!

This will be great, bookmarked and already looking forward to your updates.

Mr Tidy

17,113 posts

104 months

Sunday 20th February
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Congratulations OP. thumbup

Looking forward to following this thread!

205pat

230 posts

150 months

Sunday 20th February
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I can’t say I know anything about pre-war cars at all, but what a thing! But let’s be honest, no one truly goes to an auction just to look!

andyfeaver

Original Poster:

20 posts

3 months

Thursday 3rd March
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Hello all,

Many thanks for the positive comments. I have been following Lord Flashheart's R-R 20/25 thread on here with great interest - the history and family connections on that car are brilliant. If you haven't read it, I recommend checking it out!

The car from my childhood - EV 5476 / GBT25 - remains a dream car for me. "EVie" (as she is known) has a true petrolhead as her current owner - if he ever wished to sell, I would love to make him an offer!

So, time for an update -Arrival!!

The week between the auction and the car's delivery was like being an expectant father..... a heady mix of excitement, tempered by a feeling that I may not have really understood what I had got myself into. To recap, I had seen the car - in the metal - for all of 10 minutes, outside the Buxton Pavilion prior to the auction, in the middle of a snow storm. I compared it to the photos in the catalogue and the information I had pulled together on its history, but it was hardly the "full and detailed" old car pre-auction inspection which you would have wished for. The cold and snow defeated me (I couldn't feel my hands or feet!) and had retreated into the warmth of the sale room to register my interest.......

So, when the day of arrival came, I was more than a little apprehensive about what exactly would be turning up. Would it roll, especially as the tyres were flat? Did it steer? Had anything fallen off during transport?! The optimist in me kept saying... "how hard can it be?" Well, the answer was pretty hard.



I had to drag it off the lorry with my Disco 4..... and no, the wheels don't turn! Aaargh! The rear axle seemed to be locked solid and the front wheels barely moved either. Cue lots of sweat and tears just to get it onto the drive!





But, in the end we made it!





So now it was there, all I had to do was to get it into the garage.... which took some time....



The problem of getting it to move was solved by 4 wheel dollies.



After some very kind help from 3 neighbours, we managed to manhandle it into the garage. To my enormous relief, it actually fitted! And it dwarfs the XJS which currently lives along side it!



Once the euphoria of getting the car home had died down, maybe I could finally get a handle on what on earth I had bought!

Take care,

AF

Edited by andyfeaver on Friday 4th March 10:02

classicaholic

1,169 posts

47 months

Thursday 3rd March
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And now it starts - hopefully not the divorce though!!

gary71

1,844 posts

156 months

Thursday 3rd March
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Great project Andy, Guess the XJS might have to depart now to make space to take it apart?

Would be good to see it in person, and always happy to lend a hand to an old colleague smile

Aluminati

1,633 posts

35 months

Thursday 3rd March
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This thread is just win. cool