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of the Month - December 2005
Rolls-Royce 20/25 H.P, 1934, #GLB22
Barker Sedanca de Ville
The shockwaves following „Black Friday“ on Wall Street in 1929 did hit
Rolls-Royce, too. The most severe result was that Rolls-Royce of America
closed their factory at Springfield, Massachussetts. The parent company had
to comply with the difficult economic conditions, too. In October 1931 for
example Rolls-Royce advertised a reduction in price of the “big”
Phantom II, that became 100 Pound Sterling less
expensive than hitherto, i.e. the basic price was now 1,750GBP instead of
1,850GBP for the short chassis and 1,800GBP instead of 1,900GBP for the
long chassis. The Rolls-Royce 20/25 H.P.,
powered by an engine of 3.669ccm capacity (“only” half of what the "big"
Phantom showed) was reduced in price by the considerable amount of 135
Pound Sterling; to a mere 1,050GBP for the chassis.
The worst results of the World Economic Crisis though had been overcome in
the UK by 1934. That was the year when Barker delivered this Sedanca de
Ville coachwork on the 20/25 chassis with chassis-no. #GLB22 to a female
client. The lady got a very fine car, elegant in its lines and proportions
and breathtakingly well equipped – a perfect match for a chassis from the
manufacturer who made “The Best Car in the World”..