1926 Rolls-Royce 20hp Rippon Limousine.
A charming example, full of character, with interesting features such as ĎVí windscreen, scuttle-mounted sidelights, low level RB50 headlights, correct, 23Ē wheels (including the rear-mounted spare), and a roof vent in the rear compartment. The coachwork is tall and formal, still in its original black & white colour scheme, with styling typical of Rippon. The car has been with one owner for the last 32 years, comes with a run of MoT certificates going back to 1986, and having been idle for the last few, is currently being re-commissioned, serviced and prepared for the return to the road.
- Chassis No. GCK7
- Reg No. CX 7659
- Price £42,500
Snippets: Mills & Mayors
Herbert Walker (1871/1933) was a scion of the Walker family from Huddersfield who had textile mills in Huddersfield and dye works in Halifax. When Herbertís father John Lee Walker died in 1905 he left an amount of £66,842, today that would be in the region of £7million! Two of Herbertís relatives had served as Mayors of Huddersfield Arthur Walker 1878/80 & John Lee Walker 1895/97. Herbertís cousin Captain John Walker Clapham had served with the West Riding Regiment during WWI was twice court marshalled (drunkenness & drinking out of hours and later being AWOL & escaping from lawful custody!) however, in 1917 Capt. Clapham was awarded the Military Cross for his conspicuous gallantry & devotion to duty. The Captain obviously had a rebellious streak as in 1939 he was fined £25 for dangerous driving and on another occasion fined £5 for assaulting a police officer! Herbert Walker died in 1933 aged just 62 when he was staying at the Hotel Metropole in Brighton, his widow Catherine and his cousin Capt Clapham were the executors of his estate which was circa £137,000 (at todayís rate it would be circa £9million). It is not known how long the family kept the car for but the chassis cards show that in 1955 GCK7 was with John Hopkins of Arkley in Hertfordshire.