1955 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith

1955 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith

Year :  1955
Make :  Rolls-Royce
Model :  Silver Wraith
Coachbuilder :  Hooper
Body Type :  Empress Touring Limousine
Colour :  Velvet Green
Trim :  Beige Leather

History :  Manufacture of Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars soon resumed in 1946 after World War II when production of the Silver Wraith began. It was initially offered with the same engine dimensions as the pre-war Wraith and 4 Litre Bentley, but cylinder head design was entirely different, being cast in aluminium alloy and containing only the inlet valves; spent gases exhaust through valves in the cylinder block. Front suspension is by a robust coil spring twin fulcrum arm system, a much simplified development of Phantom III and Wraith equipment. It is mounted on a chassis frame with the same great strength, fitted with orthodox leaf springs at the rear. It came in two lengths, a standard 127 inch chassis and a long wheel base variant measuring 133 inches. The familiar delightful gear shift was retained with automatic transmission becoming an option from 1953 onwards. The automatic gearbox was effectively a refined and developed version of the General Motors design. The introduction of this innovation coincided with the widening of the cylinder bores to 3.625 inches. This allied to an unchanged stroke of 4.5 inches enlarged the engine capacity to 4566cc. The famous servo assisted braking system is partially hydraulic and the last cars have power assisted steering with a 4887cc engine. The Silver Wraith chassis were offered until 1959 and were always fitted with handmade individually crafted coachwork. The war years had certainly taken their toll on the coach building industry in England, with many famous names ceasing to exist by the mid 1940s. However some of the most established companies did survive, such as H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward and Hooper who between them were responsible for designing and creating some of the most elegant and stylish coachwork fitted to the Silver Wraith chassis. A total of 1,886 Silver Wraiths were produced between 1946 and 1959 and were ordered by a diverse cross section of customers, including governments who purchased them for Presidential use. A number of cars were purchased by nobility and Royal families all over the world. The Silver Wraith also found favour amongst captains of industry as well as recognised stars in the entertainment world, making it a very successful return to motor car production for Rolls-Royce. Chassis No DLW89 was completed in May of 1955 and supplied by Hooper and Co Ltd to the order of the first owner, a Mr F.C. Fisher who was based in London. It was built to design number 8390 by Hooper which was their Empress Touring Limousine style coachwork on the long wheel base chassis featuring spats over the rear wheels and is one of fifty one cars built in this style. It was purchased by the most recent long term owner in 1975 and lived on the west coast of the United States until recently, being sparingly used and correctly maintained whilst in his collection. It is fitted with a power division, sideways facing occasional seats in the rear compartment, P100 headlamps, power windows and a cocktail cabinet. This handsome and imposing Silver Wraith is complete with copy chassis card, copy factory build sheet and prior to collection/delivery will be serviced, road tested and prepared as per our normal policy.

Condition :  Good condition throughout.

Technical Data :  Four speed automatic gearbox, 6 cylinder in line configuration engine, 4.5 litres displacement, 4566cc capacity. Drum brakes servo-assisted.

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