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1929 Rolls Royce Barker Limousine

1929 Rolls Royce Barker Limousine
1929 Rolls Royce Barker Limousine
1929 Rolls Royce Barker Limousine
1929 Rolls Royce Barker Limousine
1929 Rolls Royce Barker Limousine

Little is known of the history of this car other than it was ordered by Sir Albert Baratt from Rolls Royce on 31 December 1929 at a cost of 1185. It was Willeys French Grey body and wings with a black top, to include a Brittain Ventilator to the roof and the Limousine body was made by the coachbuilders Barker. It was delivered in February 1930 and has one of the first 20/25 engines.

Now it is regularly used for weddings, rallies and appears at Goodwood Revival driving Lord March's guests from Goodwood House to the circuit.

The 20/25 in-line 6-cylinder overhead-valve engine was similar to that used in the 20 hp but was enlarged to 3699 cc. A single Rolls-Royce carburettor was used and both coil and magneto ignition were fitted. The four-speed gearbox was mounted in unit with the engine and a traditional right-hand change used. The substantial chassis had rigid front and rear axles suspended by half-elliptic springs with braking on all four wheels assisted by a mechanical servo. Separate rear brakes were fitted for the handbrake.

The famous Rolls-Royce radiator with triangular top was used with vertical louvres, the angle of which could be adjusted to control engine cooling. To begin with, the radiator shutters were operated manually via a lever on the later cars were fitted with automatic control via a thermostat.

Please email tacwcc@yahoo.co.uk with your interest in any with an idea of dates for a rapid reply. All classic cars are available to view in the East Grinstead area.

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