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1937 Rolls-Royce 25/30 Franay Saloon.
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A rare and unusual car, believed to be one of just two 25/30s bodied by Franay of Paris. A project, but substantially built, with very sound structure and excellent door fit. The engine has been partially re-furbished, and runs well. Louvred bonnet, Marchal lamps, metric instrumentation, and various other touches all add to the continental character of this interesting light renovation project. Now UK registered, and therefore straightforward to register in any EEC country.
Chassis No. GRP33. Reg No. 926 YUL. £19,500.
Casinos & Duke of Windsor, Legion d’Honneur
Delivered to Daniel Dreyfus, a scion of the Dreyfus Banking
family, at his home on Avenue Gabriel in Paris.
In 1928 Lucius Boomer, a New York Hotelier, attempted to acquire land on
this exclusive avenue in order to build the “Finest Hotel In Paris”, the
land was between the properties owned by Jean Stern & the reclusive Baron
Edmond Rothschild, after they expressed their unhappiness at the situation the
land in question was acquired from Boomer’s representatives & the new
owner appeared to be Daniel Dreyfus. No
more mention of Mr Boomer & his Finest Hotel was made again!
From February 1939 to September 1945 (duration of WWII) GRP33 is shown to
be registered in Monte Carlo to the Estonian born Hotelier & Casino
millionaire William D Zimdin (1881/1951). His
first major international property transaction was the sale of Blucher Palace,
Berlin to the American Government as their new Embassy.
Zimdin purchased the Palace from the Bulcher Estate in 1920 for $6,620
& sold it 10 years later to the USA for $1.7m, mind you when Blucher found
out how much Zimdin was making he took Zimdin to court which resulted in Zimdin
having to pay $71,000 compensation to Blucher!
During the 1930s Zimdin sold his private Villa Schezerade
in Dubrovnik to the Duke & Duchess of Windsor who had been frequent
visitors to the Dalmatian coast. At
the end of WWII Zimdin moved to California & began sending relief parcels to
his friends & relatives in Europe to help them rebuild their lives & in
1948 he established the William Zimdin Foundation which today is known as Direct
Relief International. In
September 1945 Zimdin sold GRP33 & the chassis cards show the new owner to
be none other than General Koenig (1898/1970) the Commander in Chief of the
French Occupation Forces in Germany. Koenig
was a man unafraid of scandal & whilst he was stationed in both Africa &
the Middle East he conducted an affair with his English Chauffeur – Susan
Travers – who in 1996 was awarded the Legion d’Honneur by the French Foreign
Legion for her role during WWII. Her
book entitled “Tomorrow To Be Brave” was published in 2000, she died in 2003