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For Sale: 1925 Rolls-Royce Antique
in Bethesda, United Kingdom

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Originally a Barker Landaulette, but in re-bodied in 1942 as a truck, and used during the 1950s on breakdown duties by Arcot Engineering Ltd, before falling into disuse in the 1960s. Subsequently re-bodied again in the early seventies, this time to a high standard as a Sedancalette, or Landaulette de Ville, by the owner at that time, a Mr Peter Reeves, giving various possibilities of open and closed configurations. In 1984, the car left for Australia, where it became part of the Briggs Motor Museum until 2009, when it returned to the UK. The coachwork is to a very high standard, and incorporates many high quality and appropriate fixtures and fittings, such as an ‘Auster’ windscreen, French opera lamps, diver’s helmet rear lights, nickel-edged running boards (one with toolbox), carriage handles, etc. The car is correctly equipped with 21” wheels, boa horn as well as a Klaxon, and has Barker dipping headlamps. Running nicely, and offered prepared, serviced and newly MoT tested, back on its original UK registration number, YM 5533. Various history is with the car, including a buff logbook from 1941, showing the change to a truck body. The more I look at it, the more I like it! Chassis No. GSK35. Reg No. YM 5533. £47,500. Snippets – Three Viscounts of Cowdray GSK35 was a Trials Cars for Rolls-Royce from 1925/1927 and was sold in October 1927, not, as it would seem at a first glance at the chassis cards to the 1st Viscount Cowdray (Weetman Dickinson Pearson) but to his son, the 2nd Viscount (Weetman Harold Miller Pearson) as confirmed by the family; the 1st Viscount having died a few months earlier in May 1927. In 1933 the 2nd Viscount died just 51yrs old & so the car was inherited by his son the 3rd Viscount (Weetman John Churchill Pearson). The Pearson construction firm was started in 1844 by Samuel Pearson with his grandson the 1st Viscount taking over the company in 1880; the overseas business contracts in Mexico included an Atlantic to Pacific railway line & the discovery of one of world’s biggest oil fields - the foundation of the Mexican Eagle Petroleum Company. Upon the 1st Viscount’s death in 1927 his estate was in excess of £4million (£180million in today’s money); the 2nd Viscount married into the Churchill family & was the son-in-law of Lord Edward Spencer-Churchill. During WWII the 3rd Viscount was wounded at Dunkirk which resulted in the loss of his left arm at Dunkirk, being a keen polo player he had an artificial limb created in order to continue playing on an international level & in 1948/9 he played with the English Polo Team in the Argentinian Open! Since Samuel Pearson’s time at the helm the company has diversified to include: aviation, coal-mining, electric utilities, newspapers (Financial Times), books (Penguin), banking (Lazards), pottery & wine (Chateau Latour).

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Asking Price
47,500 GBP
Vehicle Location

United Kingdom
City, State
LL57 4YS
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Vehicle Color(s)
Old English White

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