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Hello,

My family owns a 1936 Rolls Royce and I would like to know more about it. I know there are people that know the history of individual cars and I was hoping someone may know about this one.
The car has been in the United States around 40 years or more.

I found some paper work that says its a 25/30 HP and the Chasis no. is GRM53. Body-Enclosed Limosine. Date of sale may 1936 . invoice #6680
Chasis delivered on 10,9,36 to Hooper. It has a window in the middle that rolls down and seats that fold out. It says long wheelbase, seats 6/7

on the inside of the door it says:

Motor Body Builders and Couchbuiders to

His Majesy the King
Her Majesty the Queen
H.R.H Prince of Wales
H.R.H. The Princess Royal
H.R.H. The Duke Connaught
Hooper & Co.(coach builders) Ltd London

I would like to know the model for certain. Is it a 25/30 or a more specific model? Where would the Vehicle identification number or other markings be found on the car?
I can probably find more information if it helps.

Does anyone know more about this car or its history?

Thanks,
Alan
 

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Welcome to the forum Alan, we'll see if someone can help with the info you're looking for.

Hope you'll stick around and we get to know you better.

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Alan,

The chassis number is the VIN number for a Rolls-Royce of this era. According to the Rolls-Royce Production Figures at the Rolls-Royce Owner's Club Website GRM53 is a 25/30 that would have been produced in 1936/37.

The 25/30 H.P. is the specific model. Since this car was produced during the coachbuilt era it was purchased as a chassis and was then sent to a coachbuilder (in this case, Hooper) to have the body of the owner's liking placed on the chassis. These companies had close relationships with Rolls-Royce.

You can purchase the full set of build sheets for your car from the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club (UK). You do not need to be a member to buy these documents and they will tell you virtually anything you'd want to know about your car's earliest days (and, possibly, its first owner). I think the cost is approximately $80 USD, but you'd have to check, as it's been several years since I last looked into this directly.

Hope this helps.
 

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Thanks for answering,

I wonder if the photocopies I found may have come from the Rolls Royce enthusiasts club. They are a bit difficult to read but may be build sheets as they are about Hooper specs.

Before I assume that these papers I found are this exact car maybe I should find out for sure.
Where would these numbers be written on the car itself? (VIN or other identifying numbers).

I also want to be sure that the car is not a Wraith or other model. If it's a 1936 25/30 it can't be a wraith right? I saw "25/30 and Wraith" written down somewhere and it confused me a bit.

Alan
 

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On virtually every Rolls-Royce I've ever seen that predates the SZ (Spirit/Spur) series, the chassis number is found on a metal plaque that's attached to the firewall. See the left side of the attached photo (the one on the right is a modern car plate).

Very often these plaques are silver in color.

If the chassis number is what you indicated, your car is not a Wraith. Wraiths do not have this chassis number series and were not produced until 1938.
 

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Thanks,

I looked inside the hood and found the metal plaque and it did say GRM53
A piece of paper in ther glove listed it as a 1936 model(entered in a car show).

So I can be sure its a 25/30. That's the model 25/30

It's a 1936 Rolls Royce 25/30

Then the other papers I found must be right but they are hard to read and I think just show the Hooper build information. I cant see an original owner listed.

They might have come from the Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club. I might ask if they have additional information but I dont want to pay for what I already have.

I think I have a better idea of what the car is which is good. I might ask around to see if anyone knows the specific car history.

Alan
 
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