Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith LWB Limousine Mulliner
After the Second World War, Rolls-Royce improved on its Wraith model, renaming it the Silver Wraith and fitting it with a 4.9-litre inline six-cylinder engine. It was available in two wheelbase sizes, of which only 639 models were built on the 134-inch long wheelbase. Although Rolls-Royce also offered for the first time a complete car with factory coachwork (the Silver Dawn), in the tradition of the pre-war coachbuilt cars, the Silver Wraith was offered as a “chassis only,” to be fitted with custom bodies by England’s most respected coachbuilders. It was effectively the “big” Rolls-Royce of its time, because the Phantom IV was available for heads of state only.
This seven-passenger Silver Wraith with H.J. Mulliner coachwork is an excellent original example with just three owners from new. It was sold new in England and then purchased in 1977 by an antiques dealer in Bietingen, near Lake Constance in Germany, who exercised it regularly. It remained in his ownership for about 25 years and was completely restored in 1995 with new paint and restored woodwork. The rest of the interior, however, was maintained in original condition. Mr. Zach purchased the car in 2001 and has preserved it in his collection ever since.
An electric division window separates the driver from the rear passengers, who have ample room with a bench seat and two jump seats. The body is of the very rare H.J. Mulliner design no. 7276, which is very similar to their Phantom IV design and perfectly accentuates their popular “Razor Edge” lines. The big P100 headlamps give this impressive car a traditional, almost pre-war look, and as a limousine, it is well suited for chauffeur-driven transport with the ease of control and responsive handling of a driver’s car.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.
125 bhp, 4,887 cc overhead-valve inline six-cylinder engine, single downdraft carburettor, four-speed transmission, independent wishbones and coil springs front and semi-elliptic leaf spring rear suspension, four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 3,404 mm (134")
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Tom Wood