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
- 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)
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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