Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith

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For information on the Silver Wraith II, see Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow.

Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith 1955.jpg
Manufacturer Rolls-Royce Ltd
Production 1946–1959
1883 produced (incl. 639 LWB cars)
Body and chassis
Related Silver Dawn
Engine 4.3 L I6
4.6 L I6
4.9 L I6
Wheelbase 3225.8 mm (127 in)
3378.2 mm (133 in)
Predecessor Wraith
Phantom III
Successor Silver Cloud II
Phantom V

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 (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.[1]

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.[2] Most of the bodies selected used "formal" limousine designs.[2] For customers wishing to buy their car with a standard body already fitted, the manufacturer already offered the Bentley Mark VI.

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  1. ^ "Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum - Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith 1". Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum. 2008. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  2. ^ a b "Spring Collection: Selection of new models announced at this week's Geneva Show". Autocar: 22–24. 19 March 1977. 

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