Rolls-Royce Wraith Limousine by Hooper
The Rolls-Royce Wraith was introduced in 1938 and, like its larger sibling, the Phantom III, had independent front suspension. The engine was a light alloy overhead-valve inline six-cylinder of 4,257 cc displacement, carrying a new cross-flow cylinder head. Ultimately, just 491 Wraiths were produced before the gravity of World War II set in. As was the case throughout Europe and North America, production of automobiles came to a halt as countless companies restructured to provide everything from airplanes to tanks and munitions. Rolls-Royce in particular focused on building its Merlin aero engines, used in everything from the British Hawker Hurricane, Supermarine Spitfire, de Havilland Mosquito and in the U.S. – under license by Packard – the P-51 Mustang.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.
4,257 cc overhead-valve inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel servo-assisted brakes. Wheelbase: 3,450 mm (136")
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Tom Wood