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1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Hooper Limousine GMU54

Sale price: £37,500.00 make an offer
Last update: 06.10.2014

Car location: Bethesda, United Kingdom
Sale type: Fixed price listing

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Manufacturer: Rolls-Royce
Model: 1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Hooper Limousine GMU54
Type: Standard Car
Color: Black
Engine: 3,699
Transmission: Manual
Fuel: Petrol
Drive side: Right-hand drive
V5 Document: Yes
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1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Hooper Limousine GMU54 for sale

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1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Hooper Limousine GMU54 Photo
  • 1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Hooper Limousine GMU54
  • 1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Hooper Limousine GMU54
  • 1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Hooper Limousine GMU54
  • 1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Hooper Limousine GMU54
  • 1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Hooper Limousine GMU54
  • 1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Hooper Limousine GMU54

A delightful. handsome D-back limousine. traditionally finished in black. with a particularly nice re-upholstered interior in black leather to the front and beige cloth to the rear. with new headlining. carpets. etc. and re-finished woodwork. all of which is recent and part of a restoration over the last ten years or so by the previous owner. which also included a full engine overhaul. Importantly. a new cylinder head has also been fitted. and other work has included re-wiring in correct cotton-covered cable. The car has twin side-mounted spare wheels. a full set of Ace wheel discs. and a nicely restored large rear-mounted trunk. which incorporates fitted drawers. Sound. driving well. characterful and appealing!

Chassis No. GMU54. Reg No. YY 3691. £37. 00.

Snippets: Leather & Literature

James Cecil Lilley (1878/1948) was the great-grandson of Thomas Lilley. founder of Lilley & Skinner who had the reputation of “providers of everything needed by the enterprising shoe dealer”. In 1881 James's grandfather (also Thomas) took his brother-in-law W. B. Skinner into partnership & renamed the company. In 1908 William's son George was granted the patent for a Carburettor with a collapsible chamber & fuel needle valve – known these days as the SU Carb. James Lilley was one of 11 children - 6 boys & 5 girls but he himself only had one son – James Gilbert Lilley. who was nicknamed “Dane Chandos” – Dane due to his blond good looks & Chandos of a boarding house at Stowe School. He wrote several books under this name & under the name of “Bruce Buckingham”. During the 1930s James Gilbert Lilley lived in Ajijic on the shore of Lake Chapala in Mexico where he built a house with Nigel Millet. they wrote “Village in the Sun” about their life in Ajijic. After Nigel's death (1946) Lilley collaborated with another Englishman - Anthony Stansfeld and published “House in the Sun”. After the death of James C. Lilley GMU54 spent time with Pargetter Funeral Company as a funeral car and in the early 1960s was with her 3rd owner Dr. Sidney Michaelson a specialist in fields of Mathematics & Computer Technology at the Imperial College. 1963 the Dr & his family. including GMU54 moved from London to Edinburgh University where he created a computer unit and is known to this day as the “Founding Father” of computing at Edinburgh University.

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