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Monday, March 04, 2013

The Silver Wraith


The Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith was the first post war Rolls-Royce and the last to be supplied as a rolling chassis to coachbuilders to be fitted with a bodywork to an owner's specification.

Many owners chose a "formal limousine" design. Here is a 1953 Touring Limousine by HJ Mulliner: 

This slightly less formal coachwork is also by HJ Mulliner:

This example dates from 1957 and has coachwork by Freestone & Webb. For the less ceremonial millionaire:


Launched in 1946, production spanned 12 years and totaled 1,883 examples. Approximately 2/3rds of the total were made with a 3,225.8 mm (127 inch) wheelbase, while a longer 3,378.2 mm (133 inch) wheelbase, available from 1951, accounts for the remainder.


Originally fitted with a 4,257cc, inline 6-cylinder engine, capacity was increased to 4,566 cc in 1951 and 4,887cc in 1954. Initially only a four-speed manual gearbox was offered, but from 1952 an automatic option was also made available.


Here are some photos of another HJ Mulliner Touring Limousine, this time a 1951 example, chassis #WOF7:

Complete with lucky horse shoe!

Original photos and web finds. 

(Posted by Andy)


At 10:22 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Silver Wraith was not the last R-R sold as a rolling chassis for construction of coachwork by outside suppliers. The Phantom V also had that distinction as did the Phantom VI after it (that model WAS the last!). Also, the Silver Dawn and all three Silver Clouds could be had with coachbuilt bodies. Sorry to contradict!


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