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1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25 William Arnold Airline Saloon GEH4

Sale price: £39,500.00 make an offer

Car location: Bethesda, United Kingdom

Sale type: Fixed price listing

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1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25 William Arnold Airline Salo
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1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25 William Arnold Airline Saloon GEH4 for sale

Current customer rating: current rating for this car(2.15) based on 377 votes
An unusual and very appealing car. being one of a small number of 20/25s bodied by William Arnold. and having a very ‘swoopy' appearance. with a long. flowing tail design. suitably named ‘Airline'. The car is in good. sound condition. is running well. and is clean & tidy. with excellent black leather interior. Fitted with a large sliding sunroof. which adds appeal. and comes with a selection of original tools. Offered prepared. serviced and newly MoT tested.

Chassis No. GEH4. Reg No. VDY 310. £39. 00.

Snippets – From MacDonald to Clapp

The first owner was Hugh Clapp who in July of 1935 (the same year that he took possession of GEH4) changed his name by deed poll from Hugh Alexander Ross MacDonald to Hugh Clapp. Why he did this has yet to be discovered perhaps there was a family will involved or a family squabble – who knows. At that time Hugh Clapp was employed by the firm of Cowley & Richardson of Manchester – bottlers. soft drink manufactures & wine/spirit merchants. The company had been formed by James Cowley & Edwin Richardson in the late 1800s but the partnership was dissolved in 1911 with Edwin Richardson carrying on as a sole trader. In 1954 Cowley & Richardson registered as a private company with a capital of £100 in £1 shares & Hugh Clapp was by now M. D. In 1962 the firm was acquired by Gibbs Keg Breweries with H. Clapp retaining a seat on their board; Gibbs bought out many smaller firms including Clough Springs Brewery & Rossendale Brewery but within 12 months Gibbs themselves faced financial difficulties & the firm was wound up; some of their acquisitions were sold off including Lancashire Clubs Brewery which reopened as a Vinegar Brewery for Hammonds Sauce of Shipley. During the 1940s there was a Hugh Clapp who raced for “Ecurie Lapin Blanc” which translates as “Stable or String of White Rabbits” this was the official racing team of HRG (the name is derived from the surnames of E. Halford. G. Robins & H. Godfrey). With such an unusual surname perhaps the two Hughs are the same person?

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