1926 Rolls-Royce 20 Tourer
Super project complete with panelled frame; what you see is what you get
GSK 71 was ordered in February 1926 with a Hooper enclosed Limousine body for Mr H L Lonsdale Esq. By this time, the beautifully built Rolls-Royce 20hp had been updated with good four-wheel brakes and a lovely right hand gearchange with four speeds - both present on this car.
We don't know when it lost its original bodywork, or indeed when the chassis restoration took place, but it appears to have been owned by AC Cobra and Ford GT40 guru John Willment, passing through Crossthwaite and Gardner's hands, then Julian Ghosh before our vendor acquired it in 1996.
A new body was commissioned, in the style of a barrel-sided tourer, which is currently resting in place.
The rolling chassis has clearly been carefully restored and painted maroon at some time in the past and the bulkhead carries various ancilliaries. The condition of the parts fitted would suggest that most have been overhauled.
Nice details abound, such as Wefco spring covers although it has been sitting for some time and we haven't been able to get the engine to turn. The body constructor had not got round to producing the wings or screen so these remain on the 'to do' list.
It carries its chasssis plate and a copy of its original Hooper order, but nothing else in the way of paperwork, so its new owner will need to involve the Rolls-Royce club in dating and confirming its origin to enable registration.
With a huge chunk of the hard work already done, this is a well worth-while project that looks exceptional value.
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