1927 Rolls Royce Twenty
£7.50 – £10.00
Early Motor Cars Vintage 1919-1930
‘This model was introduced to meet requests for a smaller, less expensive car in keeping with the trend after the First World War towards smaller cars for a wider market. Construction was simplified – but standards of workmanship were not compromised.’ – Edward Eves, Rolls-Royce. Changing times eventually forced the abandonment of Rolls-Royce’s ‘one model’ policy, an all-new 20hp car joining the existing 40/50hp Silver Ghost in 1922. The ‘Twenty’ reflected Henry Royce’s interest in contemporary trends within the American automobile industry, incorporating unit construction of engine and gearbox, the latter featuring the modern innovation of a central ball change, and ‘Hotchkiss drive’ rear axle. The engine, Rolls-Royce’s first with overhead valves, was a six-cylinder unit displacing 3,127cc. Favourably received as the Twenty was, its three-speed transmission’s central gearchange was not universally liked and when four-wheel, servo-assisted brakes were introduced in 1925, a four-speed gearbox with right-hand, gated change replaced the original three-speeder. The Twenty’s introduction enabled the company to cater for the increasingly important owner-driver market that appreciated the quality of Rolls-Royce engineering but did not need a car as large as a 40/50hp Ghost or Phantom. The car proved eminently suited to town use yet could cope admirably with Continental touring when called upon.