1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25, Chassis No. GSY25. Originally a Park Ward Limousine, the car was rebodied during WW2 as a laundry delivery van. Subsequently converted to a motor-caravan (!) it was unearthed recently in a derelict state. Fortunately much of the PW coachwork was still there and is the heart of a racy Gatsby-esque boat-tailed roadster. The limousine occasional-seats, drinks cabinet and a host of other period features somehow survived the vagaries and have been incorporated into the roadster design, preserving the motor's identity and lending the modifications authenticity and historic interest. This is not a 100 point recreation but a nicely patinated useable car that offers solid reliability with exotic looks and very lively performance
The extensive mechanical restoration has included cylinder-head repair and overhaul, water cooling system, front and rear hubs and brakes, king-pins, ancillaries including starter, dynamo, wiring, lighting and instruments. The one-shot lubrication system works correctly. The engine is very quiet and shows excellent oil-pressure. With such a light all-aluminium body the car is very responsive with light, precise steering and excellent brakes.
Most of the plating has been restored including headlamp reflector resilvering. The orignal brown leather upholstery has been fed pints of neatsfoot oil and is serviceable though clearly showing its age. One or two minor items remain to be done but the car represents an unusual opportunity to acquire a dramatic and sporty vintage Rolls at sensible money. £32,500.