Recent full restoration and little use since; gorgeous red
leather interior; in our vendor's family for 30+ years
Launched in 1946, the Silver Wraith was Rolls-Royce's first new post-war car and was one of the last cars to be supplied in the traditional way as a separate chassis to be fitted with a coachbuilt body of the customer's choice. Mechanically the Silver Wraith shared the same 4,257cc straight-six engine as the Bentley MkVI, driving through a four-speed manual gearbox with synchromesh as standard.
For 1951 the Silver Wraith received the revised 4,566cc 'Big Bore' engine used by the rest of the Rolls/Bentley range and automatic transmission was made available as was a long wheelbase version (133-inch). The Silver Wraith short wheelbase cars (127-inch) remained in production until 1953, LWB cars lasted until 1959 and were among the finest cars of their era, available only to an elite handful of high society clientele.
Just 1,883 Silver Wraith chassis were produced in total (639 in LWB form) before it was replaced by the larger Silver Cloud in 1958.
As copies of the factory build sheets confirm, this Wraith was built in 1951 with HJ Mulliner Touring Limousine coachwork, leaving the works in February 1952 destined for a C Dickson Esq of Cragdale House, Dalkeith. Nothing is known of the early history of the car, but our vendor’s godfather acquired it over 30 years ago and bequeathed it to him when he died about 10 years ago, on condition that he get it restored. A double-edged sword if ever there was one!
True to his word, our vendor sent the car to Beacon Classics of Burton for a full restoration. Although there are no invoices to show exactly what was done, there is a CD of images showing that it was a thorough job. The chassis was restored, the ash frame was repaired as necessary, all the brightwork was rechromed and all mechanical aspects were attended to. Unfortunately, three years into the job the restorer, a chap called Vernon, then suffered an accident and was unable to finish the car off so it was sold to a gentleman in Tyne-and-Wear in 2016.
Two years later, our vendor was idly scanning through Classic Car Weekly when an advert for a Silver Wraith caught his eye. Thinking that the car looked familiar, he called the seller and sure enough it was his godfather’s old car, now fully restored. A deal was soon struck and our vendor had it back in the family by 2018.
As you can see in the photos, the car now looks to be in good order (bar a few minor bodywork blemishes) and whoever retrimmed the interior has done a superb job – the red leather upholstery is gorgeous. The vendor has also had the clock rebuilt and has replaced a couple of the interior knobs and switches.
Apart from regularly moving it in and out of his garage (which also houses a Silver Cloud), our vendor has barely driven the car since he got it back so it will doubtless benefit from a thorough check-over before any long journeys are undertaken. Despite this lack of activity, it has been starting instantly and running beautifully as we have moved it around on site, with notably light steering.
Supplied with a few minor invoices for recent parts, it also has an owner’s handbook and a copy of a period maintenace manual.
For more information contact James on 07970 309907 or email email@example.com
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