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
1955 Silver Wraith by Hooper
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 an entirely new 127 inch (3226 mm) wheelbase chassis which differed considerably from that of the pre-war Wraith. The new chassis had coil sprung independent front suspension and semi-elliptic rear with a live axle. The engine was also entirely new, 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 1955 to 4887 cc on the long wheelbase models. The braking system was a hybrid hydro-mechanical system with hydraulic front brakes and mechanical rears using the mechanical servo similar to that of the pre-war cars.[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.

Official uses[edit]

Film appearances[edit]


Brazilian Presidential ceremonial state car during the 2007 Independence Day military parade. This car is a 1952 example. Note the large headlights mounted on the fenders rather than inset into the car
"Dev's car" presidential state car of Ireland 1947
Queen Margrethe of Denmark
The "Store Krone" on the streets of Roskilde
car delivered 1958
Queen Juliana's 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.
1951 Wraith saloon by Park Ward


  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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