Rolls-Royce 25/30 Sport Saloon by Hooper
ntroduced in the spring of 1936, the 25/30 joined the 20/25, then replaced it within a year. The main difference was an increase in displacement to 4,257 cc, which provided much better performance. Estimated to produce some 115 bhp, it easily propelled the car to about 120 km/h.
Prominent among Rolls-Royce coachbuilders was Hooper & Co. Founded in London’s Haymarket in 1805, the firm acquired its first Royal Warrant in 1830 and was coachbuilder to Queen Victoria for 60 years and, later, to her son, Edward VII. By 1900, it was in the motor body business, building a mail phaeton on a Daimler chassis for Edward, then Prince of Wales.
Hooper’s workmanship was of the finest calibre, and nothing was too much trouble to cater for a customer’s desire. Inlaid mahogany, ivory or silver-plated fittings were commonplace, and great care was taken on all commissions, regardless of whether they were on Phantom chassis or the less-expensive 20 hp cars. A popular style on the 25/30 chassis was the Sport Saloon, one of several variations produced in the 1936-39 period.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.
25/30 hp, 4,257 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