Classics, passion for the past

1938 Rolls-Royce 25-30 Knibbs Open Tourer GZR3

£ 85000

Carrosserie Convertible
Meterstand miles
Brandstof Petrol
Transmissie Manual
Kleur Red and black
Kleur interieur Beige
Bekleding Leather
Stuur Rhd
Chassis nr. GZR3
A late example of a 25/30, fitted with appealingly unusual coachwork by a little-known coachbuilder, Knibbs of Manchester, and although carrying their body plates it has been suggested that it was sub-contracted & actually built by Abbott of Farnham. The car is in very fine order, particularly following recent expenditure approaching £70,000! This included an engine overhaul, full, high quality bare metal repaint, new mohair hood & side screens, six new tyres on re-furbished wheels and more besides. The car is to original specification, including desirable QK596 headlights, matching centre spot, chrome long trumpet horns & an ST44 'gothic' tail light, all by Lucas. It is extremely smart with superb paintwork, excellent chrome plating & an imposing & impressive frontal appearance, including an array of suitable badges. The owner of the last twelve years has successfully toured France five times, Spain twice and most recently Holland, as well as UK tours from time to time. Included in the asking price of the car is the fitting of a new aluminium cylinder head, as the original one is showing signs of a minor crack and seepage of coolant, but having said that, we feel that the existing one may well soldier on for years, so as an alternative we can offer a significant discount for the car 'as is'. The choice is yours, but either way, it is a very worthwhile buy. Complete with a very desirable set of original tools, fitted into the under-seat trays, a handbook and a history file, which includes invoices, MoT certificates, correspondence, a buff logbook from the 1940s and award rosettes! Driving very nicely, offered serviced, prepared & MoT ‘d.

Chassis No. GZR3 Reg No HPA 591

Snippets: The Two Fredericks
GZR3 was ordered by & delivered to the wealthy solicitor Frederick Keith Harvey-Samuel (1880/1941) at his home of Monkswood, Hurtmore. The property dates from early 20th Century & was designed by Fostyth & Maule for their client Dr J. A Moir who commissioned Gertrude Jekyll to design the garden - it is an excellent example of her use of native plants & much of the original garden remains intact. Frederick & his brother Guy were 2nd generation solicitors and Frederick was articled to his father at Basinghall Street, London – his father was also a director of Harrods Stores Ltd. In Nov 1914 Frederick joined the Inns of Court OTC and in March 1915 he was gazetted as a 2nd Lt with Hertfordshire Regiment but due to his ill-health had to resign his commission. The 2nd owner of GZR3 was Major Frederick William Cundiff who also served his country in both WWI & II and from 1944-1951 he was a Member of Parliament. In his free time he was a keen yachtsman being a member of the Royal Mersey Yacht Club & the Royal Clyde Yacht Club & in the 1950s he was granted permission for a permanent mooring for his yacht off The Point, Rhoscolyn Bay, Anglesey where he and his wife Dr. Alice Cundiff had a property. In 1962 the Major commissioned a 98ft Sailing Ketch “Southern Cross” to be built by Yarrow Shipbuilders which was powered by twin diesel Gardner engines. During the 1960’s the Major was a Director of Chesters Brewery which later merged with Trefalls Brewery at which time he became Deputy Chairman of the company.
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