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1924 Rolls-Royce 20hp Boat Tail Roadster.
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A delightful, open roadster, bodied in the 1970s, well constructed, and nicely painted and trimmed. The car has been with one owner in Australia for over thirty years, and in fact has just returned to the UK for the first time since 1925! In the early 1980s, considerable expenditure brought the car up to a good standard, and maintenance since then has kept it well to this day. Clean, tidy, running sweetly, driving well, and offered newly MoT tested and UK registered.
Chassis No. GAK33. Reg No. BF 6346. £45,000.
Life Saver Sweets to Penfold Wines
by David Alexander Craig
Australian entrepreneur & one of the country’s
earliest & most successful company promoters; D. A. Craig registered
trademarks for soaps & salt; he took out patents
for batteries (as an assignee
for an American
firm), he introduced Smith’s Crisps & Life Saver sweets to Australia and
helped the firms Masonite Ltd & Boral
to secure their places within the marketplace.
He married twice –
firstly to Margaret Bennie (died in 1925) with whom he had a son & secondly
to Marina Graciela de Lopez; although Marina was from San Salvador they actually
married whilst in London during 1928. The Craig’s had homes in Paris, London
& of course Sydney at Darling Point, past & present residents of this
elusive & exclusive location include Nicole Kidman & Tom Cruise
(Actors), Helen Reddy (Musician), Charles Kingsford Smith (Aviator), Gough
Whitlan (PM of Australia) & Lara Bingle (Socialite).
GAK33 was shipped out on the SS Maloja, the interior of which had been
designed by the Hon Elsie Mackay,(designer, aviatrix, actress) daughter of James
Mackay (1st Earl Inchape).
The next name on the chassis card is that of Penfold Wines of Sydney –
founded in 1844 by Dr Christopher Penfold & after his death in 1870 the
winery was run by his widow Mary, upon her retirement in 1884 her daughter
Georgina & son-in-law Thomas Hyland took over. In due course their sons
Frank (1873/1948) & Leslie (1878/1940) (after having changed their surname
by deed poll to that of Hyland-Penfold) took care of Penfolds which remained a
family concern until the 1960s.
GAK33 remained with Frank & Gladys until his death in 1948, Gladys
was a lady of generosity & in 1967 she donated her Phantom V (with 200miles
on the clock) to the Royal Blind Society of NSW!
From 1948 to 1980 the car was with Neil Collins who had the car re-bodied
by VM Engineering Ltd in the 1970s; in 1990 Neil entered the challenging Paris
to Peking Rally in his 1920 Silver Ghost, he completed with only 3 punctures, a
small bolt breaking on Magneto & the windscreen wipers literally “giving
up the ghost”!