1936 Rolls Royce 25 30 hp Features SMITHS Instrumentation

When the Rolls-Royce 25/30 was hand-built between 1936 and 1938, the men and women involved in designing and building this wonderful car had no idea that it was going to be popular with brides across the world over 80 years later.

Rolls-Royce only made 1201 of the 25/30 and the car seen in the photographs is a superbly restored and maintained example.

This model is owned by Phoenix Wedding Cars from South Wales and was on show at a wedding fayre at the St Mellons Hotel in Cardiff.  Many brides in South Wales have sat nervously in the back of this luxurious classic car holding their father's hand as they made their way to their wedding.  The reason for choosing such a beautiful car is clear when you take a look inside.

The model owned by Phoenix Cars, and lovingly called Iris, is in a fabulous condition.  There is a natural beige interior and the trim is French polished Walnut.  As with many Rolls-Royce cars of the time, only the chassis and mechanical parts were made in-house.  The bodywork for Iris was produced by London-based Thrupp & Maberly.

The wheelbase is a massive 3.4m and the huge body is carried along by a 4257 cc 6-cylinder engine.  Above the grill stands The Spirit of Ecstasy, one of the most recognisable car badges on the planet.

The dashboard is also Walnut and features a wonderful array of classic SMITHS gauges.  All the gauges are positioned centrally in the car, to the left of the steering wheel, and each has the Rolls-Royce logo.

There are six SMITHS gauges in all:

  • Speedometer with digits showing the total historical distance travelled and trip distance;
  • A large faced clock;
  • A water gauge;
  • An ammeter;
  • A petrol gauge;
  • An oil gauge;

Today, SMITHS gauges for classic cars like the Rolls-Royce 25/30 hp continue to be designed and manufactured in the UK at the CAI facility in Abercrave in South Wales.

The Rolls-Royce 25/30 has made several starring appearances in the movies including The Naked Truth (1957) and Death on the Nile (1978).  The model 25/30 was succeeded by the Rolls-Royce Wraith in 1938.  In today's classic car market, models of the Rolls-Royce 25/30 can be acquired from £65,000 with the ultimate value very much dependent on the condition.

The Rolls-Royce 25/30 is a beautiful classic car and it is easy to understand why any bride would want this car to transport her to the love of her life.

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