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1924 Rolls-Royce Boattail Silver Ghost

1924 Rolls-Royce Boattail Silver Ghost In some collector circles, rebodied classic cars are scorned---not so this impeccable Rolls-Royce with its boattail bodywork, restored by C.L. Bouchard. In the words of then-Contributing Editor John R. Bond, "The Bouchard Rolls-Royce is really in another category; it's so good, so absolutely correct for 1924... It Deserves better than 'Non-Authentic'"

Photo and caption: 50 Years of Road & Track, the Art of the Automobile
Photo by Strother MacMinn for the June 1978 issue of Road & Track

1925 Rolls-Royce skiff

1925 Rolls-Royce forward cabin1925 Rolls-Royce rear cabin

Magnificent mahogany deck dual-cowl 1925 Rolls-Royce

Source: Belles d'Antan (France)
Album de photos d'automobiles anciennes et classiques d'exception

1926 Bentley 3-litre by Barker

1926 Bentley 3-litre Speed model with a body by Barker. The disc wheels and pontoon tool box are finished in 'faux bois' - painted wood-grain.

Photo & caption: Rolls-Royce The Best Car in the World,
by John Heilig with Reg Abbiss

1926 Rolls-Royce Cabriolet de Ville by Barker

This remarkable 1926 Rolls-Royce Cabriolet de Ville with coachwork by Barker has the entire metalwork body finished in wood grain.

Photo & information: Rolls-Royce The Best Car in the World,
by John Heilig with Reg Abbiss

1926 Rolls-Royce 20hp Shooting brake1926 Rolls-Royce 20hp Shooting brake

1926 Rolls-Royce 20hp is likely to have been rebodied as a shooting brake. This one was used to transport the owners dogs.

Photo & information: Rolls-Royce The Best Car in the World,
by John Heilig with Reg Abbiss

1927 Alvis shooting brake

1927 Alvis 12/50 owned by Tony and Eileen Leech. In the early 1930s Geoffrey Clapham of Shrewsbury instructed Thorne Bodies to build a shooting brake body on his trusty vintage Alvis. As master of the Shropshire Hunt, Clapham's distinctive vehicle was well known in the UK and has covered an estimated 300,000 miles. Its second owner, Alvis specialist Tony Leech, bought it from Clapham in 1971 and, after restoring it, has used it regularly for work and camping holidays.

Photo and caption © 2000 Racecar (UK)

1927 Rolls-Royce shooting brake

1927 Rolls-Royce. Carroceria de madeira, denominado de "Shooting brake", era utilizada pelos Lords, nas suas saídas de caça, e também pelos ingleses da India em aventurosas batidas aos tigres de Bengala. Apesar do seu ar completamente country, enquadra-se bem com o aspecto rústico das quintas onde os casamentos se realizam.

Courtesy of The Rockdrome Collection
Aluguer de Automóveis Exóticos (Portugal)

1929 Bentley Standard Six by Barker

1929 Bentley Standard Six wears boat-tail coachwork by Barker.

Photo & caption: Rolls-Royce The Best Car in the World,
by John Heilig with Reg Abbiss

1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25 hp

1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25 hp - Rick Cove's spacious Australian 'safari saloon' was rebodied in 1959 by a Sydney, Australia autobody builder - a Mr. J. Rae, and finished by Rick's father in 1961. The Rolls has traveled just 148,000 miles but was unfortunately badly damaged in 1972 in an accident.  Restoration is underway and very soon, Rick hopes to have it on the road again.

Photo courtesy Rick Cove

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