28thMay 1927 the completed car was with her first owner Mr Waldron of Wargrave on Thames, by October 1931 ownership past to his wife, whether this was due to him getting a new car or him dyeing the history file doesn’t show. In November 1937 RX198 leaves the Waldron family and resides with Lt. Col GJ Bennett in Great Wymondley Hertfordshire for the next 12 years. In 2008 and with her 8thcustodian she was to be away from home soil and getting acquainted with the roads in and around Berlin in the hands of Mr Ulrich, German TUV was achieved and around 644 miles covered in 18 months, before she was looking for her 9thowner, offered for sale on behalf of Mr Ulrich’s estate!
December 2009 marked the arrival of her 9thcustodian and our vendor near Harrogate North Yorkshire; at this point, we deduce the mileage is circa 132880 miles. The ample history file confirms that the last major engines rebuild was completed in 2001 by David Haines and Sons Ltd rebuilt the engine in 2001, they also rebuilt the clutch and radiator at this time. Since then around 12,000 miles have been covered, 8000 miles of these have been undertaken with the vendor, as an accomplished engineer he has performed full rear axle re-build, to enable better cruising speeds a Laycock overdrive was also fitted when this opportunity arose, being mounded on a well-engineered subframe and can be removed easily if needed. All wheels rebuilt by Richard Bros and powder coated, along with fresh tyres fitted.
The interior is how she was delivered to her first owner Mr Waldron on the warm sunny Saturday in May 1927. The wear pattern tells a story for every mile covered and need to be viewed to appreciate the cars quality, the smell of the finest leather fills the interior. In contrast the external fabric was replaced in the 1960’s and remains crack free. Along with the paint she has a I’m not too precious, please use me patina! On a personal interjection I feel this has its own advantages, as you can just go a use her not worrying about her getting wet. She is now asking to be used by a new loving family/enthusiast, enjoyment is her want, enjoyment which she has brought to her previous 9 owners.
At the RREC 2016 annual rally she took the Pre War Preservation Class first place award, then a few weeks later second place, VSCC Oulton Park Cheshire Life Concourse and was admired by all.
As she is a Rolls Royce I feel it is fitting to provide an open inversion for intrusted parties to make there intentions know and apply to be only her 10thcustodian.!