Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Empress Limousine by Hooper
The Silver Wraith was available in two wheelbase sizes – approximately 1,244 examples were built with the 127-inch short wheelbase while only 639 models were built with the 134-inch long wheelbase. For the first time, Rolls-Royce products were offered as complete cars with factory coachwork, however in the tradition of the great prewar coachbuilt cars, the Silver Wraith was also offered as a “chassis only” by Rolls-Royce. The price for the chassis alone was £1,800. These special cars were fitted with custom coachbuilt bodies by many of England’s most respected coachbuilders of the period, such as H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward, Freestone and Webb, and of course Hooper.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
125 bhp, 4,887 cc overhead valve inline six-cylinder engine, single downdraft carburetor, automatic four-speed transmission, independent wishbones and coil springs front and semi-elliptic leaf spring rear suspension and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 134"
Source: RM Auctions
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