Rolls-Royce 20/25 Fixed-Head Coupe
The Rolls-Royce 20/25 was a logical evolution of the 20 hp model, which it replaced in October 1929. The principal difference was an enlarged engine of 3,669 cc, nearly 20 percent greater than the Twenty. The wheelbase, too, grew slightly in 1930, by three inches to 132.
This tidy fixed-head coupé with dickie seat was bodied by the little-known coachbuilder P.W. Watson. Founded as carriage builders in 1830, P.W. Watson & Sons operated in Lowestoft, Suffolk. They began building motor bodies in 1902 and were early specialists in closed styles. They exhibited at the Olympia shows from 1924 to 1930, building most often on Armstrong-Siddeley but working also on Daimlers and Minervas. They were particularly noted for the quality of their interior woodwork.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.
20/25 hp, 3,669 cc overhead-valve inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel servo-assisted brakes. Wheelbase: 3,353 mm (132")
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Tom Wood