The Rolls-Royce 20/25s were built between 1929 and 1936 as the direct replacement for the original “20”.
In keeping with the Rolls-Royce tradition of a two-model policy, the 20/25 was engineered to be the smaller sibling to Rolls-Royce’s larger Phantom II.
As with all pre-war Rolls-Royces, only the chassis and mechanical parts were made by Rolls-Royce. The body was made and fitted by a coach builder selected by the owner.
Amongst the most famous coach builders who produced bodies for Rolls Royce cars were Park Ward, Vanden Plas, Freestone and Webb, Brewster, Gurney Nutting, Thrupp & Maberly, Mulliner and Hooper.
The Rolls Royce 20/25 body comes therefore in a variety of styles and finishes. Almost 4,000 20/25 chassis were manufactured and sold between 1929 and 1936, making it one of Rolls-Royce’s best-selling contemporary models of the period between the Great War and WWII.
Beautifully and carefully crafted, the 20/25 was surprisingly slow, even for the period — about 70 mph tops. It was intended to appeal to owner drivers but many were sold to customers with chauffeurs.
An ‘Autocar’ report in 1931 describes the 20/25 thus: “Every single feature spells durability, the machine is on a plane altogether superior to the normal style of motor car”.
This claim is backed up by the fact that this model was the choice of some of the most famous sporting drivers of the day. Tommy Sopwith owned one, as did the famous racing driver Prince Bira of Siam and racing driver and speed record breaker Sir Malcolm Campbell.
The Rolls Royce 20/25 was featured many films such as; The League of Gentlemen (1959), Father Came Too! (1963), The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966), To Be or Not To Be (1983), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), The Remains of the Day (1993), Simon Sez (1999), Enigma (2001).
Rolls Royce 20/25 (1932) Wedding Car
Rolls Royce 20/25 is one of our most popular choices among brides. This vintage Rolls Royce captures the essence of adventure and romance of the 1930’s, its raked grill and soft flowing lines gives a sense of spirit. The light body ensures that the passengers all have excellent visibility.
- green leather interior
- plenty of leg and head room
- glass partition affording extra privacy for the passengers
- large doors – easy to enter and exit , even in a “big” dress
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