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1937 Rolls-Royce 25/30 Franay Saloon GRP33

Sale price: £19,500.00 make an offer
Last update: 18.12.2013

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

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Manufacturer: Rolls-Royce
Model: 1937 25/30 Franay Saloon GRP33
Type: Standard Car
Color: Other
Engine: 4,257
Transmission: Manual
Fuel: Petrol
Drive side: Right-hand drive
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1937 Rolls-Royce 25/30 Franay Saloon GRP33 for sale

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  •  1937 Rolls-Royce 25/30 Franay Saloon GRP33
  •  1937 Rolls-Royce 25/30 Franay Saloon GRP33
  •  1937 Rolls-Royce 25/30 Franay Saloon GRP33
  •  1937 Rolls-Royce 25/30 Franay Saloon GRP33
  •  1937 Rolls-Royce 25/30 Franay Saloon GRP33
  •  1937 Rolls-Royce 25/30 Franay Saloon GRP33

A rare and unusual car. believed to be one of just two 25/30s bodied by Franay of Paris. A project. but substantially built. with very sound structure and excellent door fit. The engine has been partially re-furbished. and runs well. Louvred bonnet. Marchal lamps. metric instrumentation. and various other touches all add to the continental character of this interesting light renovation project. Now UK registered. and therefore straightforward to register in any EEC country.

Chassis No. GRP33. Reg No. 926YUL £19. 00.

Snippets: Hotels. Casinos & Duke of Windsor. Legion d'Honneur

Delivered to Daniel Dreyfus. a scion of the Dreyfus Banking family. at his home on Avenue Gabriel in Paris. In 1928 Lucius Boomer. a New York Hotelier. attempted to acquire land on this exclusive avenue in order to build the “Finest Hotel In Paris”. the land was between the properties owned by Jean Stern & the reclusive Baron Edmond Rothschild. after they expressed their unhappiness at the situation the land in question was acquired from Boomer's representatives & the new owner appeared to be Daniel Dreyfus. No more mention of Mr Boomer & his Finest Hotel was made again! From February 1939 to September 1945 (duration of WWII) GRP33 is shown to be registered in Monte Carlo to the Estonian born Hotelier & Casino millionaire William D Zimdin (1881/1951). His first major international property transaction was the sale of Blucher Palace. Berlin to the American Government as their new Embassy. Zimdin purchased the Palace from the Bulcher Estate in 1920 for $6. 20 & sold it 10 years later to the USA for $1. 7m. mind you when Blucher found out how much Zimdin was making he took Zimdin to court which resulted in Zimdin having to pay $71. 00 compensation to Blucher! During the 1930s Zimdin sold his private Villa Schezerade in Dubrovnik to the Duke & Duchess of Windsor who had been frequent visitors to the Dalmatian coast. At the end of WWII Zimdin moved to California & began sending relief parcels to his friends & relatives in Europe to help them rebuild their lives & in 1948 he established the William Zimdin Foundation which today is known as Direct Relief International. In September 1945 Zimdin sold GRP33 & the chassis cards show the new owner to be none other than General Koenig (1898/1970) the Commander in Chief of the French Occupation Forces in Germany. Koenig was a man unafraid of scandal & whilst he was stationed in both Africa & the Middle East he conducted an affair with his English Chauffeur – Susan Travers – who in 1996 was awarded the Legion d'Honneur by the French Foreign Legion for her role during WWII. Her book entitled “Tomorrow To Be Brave” was published in 2000. she died in 2003 aged 97.

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