Lot #5002 - These Rolls-Royce boat tail speedsters originally started life as four door sedans, during the bombing of London in 1939 GR063 was given to the war effort and converted to an ambulance hearse where it saw heroic service throughout the entire war. In the mid-1980s it found its way to Los Angeles a shot up derelict, where along with its sister car GM07 was acquired by Gary Wales, they were stripped of their offending coachwork and both restored and displayed as originally delivered by the factory. After 25 years it was decided that it was time to give them new life as very special speedsters and in January 2011 completely new and original bodies were designed incorporating many new elements including moving the engine, transmission and firewall back 18" giving improved balance and handling plus a more pleasing look. The emergency brake was moved to the outside of the body and new factory rods and inserts were installed. Unibody construction was utilized for strength and a total weight savings of over 2,500lbs. The single hood hinge was replaced with twin hinges to match the shape of the iconic Rolls-Royce radiator, giving a much more refined and balanced look. Since completion the speedsters have been shown as a pair in competition 15 times winning top awards in all outings including Pasadena Art School of Design People's Choice, Caruso Concours d'Elegance People's Choice, Grand National Roadster Show First and Second, and 11 additional top awards.
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