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1931 Rolls-Royce 20/25 h.p. Hearse by William Denby [GNS40]

1931 Rolls-Royce 20/25 h.p. Hearse [GNS40] in The Avengers, TV Series, 1961-1969 IMDB Ep. 5.03

Class: Cars, Funeral — Model origin: UK

1931 Rolls-Royce 20/25 h.p. Hearse by William Denby [GNS40]

[*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

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sixcyl FR

2009-12-02 13:45


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Ep.5.03 "Escape In Time"

jonathan23 CA

2009-12-02 15:16


The license plate looks like it's very late in the 1903-32 UK series (two letters/four numbers starting with XV when they were running out of codes) so perhaps it's about a 1930-31 model?
It doesn't look quite big enough to be a Phantom (the P II would have been current then).
Could it be the smaller R-R 20/25 chassis (manufactured 1929-36) under a custom hearse body (all Rollses were custom-bodied in that era IIRC)?

johnfromstaffs EN

2009-12-02 15:21


The plate was issued by London between Oct 1928 and Jan 1929. At such an early date in 1929 the chassis is almost certainly still a 20, the radiator shutters were changed to vertical on late model 20s to follow a family resemblance to the New Phantom. The hearse bodywork looks anachronistic, the car could have started life as a saloon or tourer, and been re-bodied when it fell upon harder times:- Animatronixx??

-- Last edit: 2009-12-02 17:12:02

johnfromstaffs EN

2009-12-02 17:17


Picture of RR 20 with vertical shutters


Sunbar UK

2009-12-02 17:26


XV6429 or similar registration (XV8425, XV8429, XV6425???) (not found on DVLA) looks to be the same car and registration here...


Identified as most likely a Rolls-Royce Phantom I Hearse Woodall-Nicholson

Also possibly here /vehicle_34386-Rolls-Royce-40-50-hp--Silver-Ghost-.html

Comments from The Dirty Dozen, movie listing (1968)...
junkman wrote Yes, it is the very 20/25 that was used in an Avengers episode. We believe coachwork is by Woodall-Nicholson. Now track it down and let me know how much they want for it.

juergensmuda wrote All what is needed is the reg. number to say who the coachbuilder and what year she is. Lett me know and I'll check it at at the Rolls-Royce files

-- Last edit: 2009-12-02 17:34:52

Animatronixx DE

2009-12-02 21:30


Woodall-Nicholson - full ack.

robgeelen2 NL

2011-02-22 13:40


1931 Rolls Royce 20/25 Hearse by William Denby of Belfast, chassis GNS40. Originally Park Ward Limousine for J.M.Fyfe. Now a Larsen Open Tourer, and in New Zealand.

park-ward FR

2011-07-16 18:51


Sorry to disagree... XV6425 was and is a Phantom I, chassis #71CL, it has a boat tail body now.

dsl SX

2011-10-15 21:41


XV xxxx series issued Oct 28 - Jan 29.

Pierre EN

2016-04-24 04:46


For what it's worth, FLM Panelcraft, Battersea, rebodied many an RR hearse in the late 1960s. Used to admire the stored, dusty black beauties from the train window on morning commute to the Bank. (Also did a nice shooting brake conversion of the Rover P6).

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