Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
For information on the Silver Wraith II, see Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow.
|Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith|
1883 produced (incl. 639 LWB cars)
|Body and chassis|
|Engine||4.3 L I6
4.6 L I6
4.9 L I6
|Wheelbase||3225.8 mm (127 in)
3378.2 mm (133 in)
|Successor||Silver Cloud II
The first cars had a 127 inch (3226 mm) 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 4257 cc. From 1951 this was increased to 4566 cc and in 1954 to 4887 cc on the long-wheelbase models. The braking system was a hybrid hydromechanical system with hydraulic front brakes and mechanical rears using the mechanical servo from the pre-war cars, patented by Hispano-Suiza and built by Rolls-Royce under licence.
The long, 133 inch (3378 mm), wheelbase chassis was announced in 1951, and 639 were made until 1959. The last short-wheelbase cars were made in 1953.
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 Mark VI.
- Irish Presidential State Car – 1947–present
- Brazilian Presidential Ceremonial State Car – 1952
- Royal Dutch State Limousine – 1958
- Royal Danish Ceremonial Car "Store Krone" (Great Crown) – 1958
- Royal Greek Ceremonial Car (Silver Wraith Hooper version) – 1959
- Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
- Indiscreet (1958)
- Victim (1961)
- The Love Bug (1968)
- The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
- Arthur (1981)
- Withnail and I (1987)
- Batman (1989)
- Batman Returns (1992)
- James Dean (2001)
- The Scapegoat (2012)
Brazilian Presidential Ceremonial State Car during the Independence Day military parade. This car is a 1952 example. Note the large headlights mounted on the fenders rather than inset into the car.
Queen Juliana's Limousine State Landaulette. By this time Rolls-Royce's other model was the Silver Cloud, and the Silver Wraith had come to look fairly similar to it—inset headlights, higher fenders, etc.
The "Store Krone" running on the streets of Roskilde.
- "Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum - Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith 1", Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum, 2008, retrieved 2011-01-14.
- "Spring Collection: Selection of new models announced at this week's Geneva Show". Autocar: 22–24. 19 March 1977.
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