Seen here is a 1924 Rolls Royce Twenty Barker Limousine, photographed at the 2012 Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Annual Wirksworth Classic Transport Weekend.
Rolls Royce Twenty
The Rolls-Royce Twenty built between 1922 and 1929 was Rolls-Royce’s “small car” for the 1920s and was produced alongside the 40/50 Silver Ghost and Phantom. It was intended to appeal to owner drivers but many were still sold to customers with chauffeurs.
A new inline-6 cylinder overhead valve engine was designed for the car of 3127 cc. In those days only the chassis and mechanical parts were made by Rolls-Royce. The body was made and fitted by a coachbuilder selected by the owner. Some of the most famous coachbuilders who produced bodies for Rolls Royce cars are Barker, Park Ward, Thrupp & Maberly, Mulliner and Hooper.
Barker & Co. was a coachbuilder, a maker of luxurious carriages and in the 20th century bodywork for very expensive prestige cars.
Founded in London way back in 1710 by a guards officer, it most recently traded as Barker & Co. Limited. Some idea of the scale of their operations may be gauged from their advertisement in The Times on the opening of the 1912 Motor Show at London’s Olympia. They described themselves as Coachbuilders to H.M. The King, London Retailers and Body Specialists for Rolls-Royce Cars.
After the 1920s Barker & Co seemed to be unable to keep up with advances in the use of light alloys for framing. Requests for sturdier bodies were met by using heavier components which hampered the finished product’s performance. The company fell into receivership in 1938
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