Lot 398 - 1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith by Freestone & Webb
|Odometer reading||13,900 miles|
|Estimate||£50,000 - £60,000|
The Silver Wraith was the first post-war Rolls-Royce model and was made at the Crewe factory from 1946 to 1959.The first cars had a 127 inch wheelbase chassis based on the one from the pre-war Wraith with coil sprung independent front suspension and semi-elliptic rear with a live axle. The engine was also based on the Wraith, but had a new cylinder head with overhead inlet valves and side exhaust valves and initially a capacity of 4257cc. From 1951, this was increased to 4566cc and in 1954 to 4887cc on the long wheelbase models. The braking system was a hybrid hydromechanical system with hydraulic front brakes and mechanical rear brakes using the mechanical servo from the pre-war cars, patented by Hispano-Suiza and built by Rolls-Royce under licence. Initially, only a four speed manual gearbox was offered, but this was supplemented by a General Motors automatic option from 1952. This was the last Rolls-Royce model to be delivered in 'chassis only' form, in order to receive a wide variety of bespoke coachwork designed and made by a rapidly declining number of specialist coachbuilders. Most of the bodies selected used 'formal' limousine designs. For customers wishing to buy their car with a standard body already fitted, the manufacturer already offered the Bentley Mk. VI.
Offered for sale today is a stunning Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith coachbuilt by Freestone & Webb, one of the finest of their art available. The vendor has owned the Silver Wraith since 2000, during his ownership the Rolls-Royce has undergone a major restoration totalling over £70,000. Receipts, invoices and photographic evidence are available to confirm this. The body was removed and whilst the necessary coachwork was carried out on the body, the mechanical repairs were taken care of at this time. Due to the fastidious nature of the vendor, the quality of workmanship is very high, resulting in a splendid example of this highly desirable Rolls-Royce. Finished in Georgian Silver with grey leather trim, this Silver Wraith is supplied with a V5 registration document, an MoT test certificate valid until 5th May 2012 and a comprehensive file covering the restoration.
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