1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Saloon Limousine, Freestone & Webb
Gift of Dr. Robert Brod to the Rolls-Royce Foundation
In classic Rolls-Royce tradition, the Silver Wraith was at the same time both old and new. First introduced in 1947, it was an evolution of the pre-war Wraith offering a new chassis while fitted with a 4,257cc (260cid) six-cylinder producing 130hp developed before World War II. A four-speed manual gearbox was mated to the engine with its shifter mounted on either the floor or column. Hydraulic brakes were used for the first time. The front suspension is comprised of coil springs with semi-elliptic springs at the rear. Disc wheels and whitewall tires replaced wire wheels. Customers were offered a choice of coachbuilders to design and individualize their particular; car among them Park Ward, Mulliner, Hooper, and Freestone & Webb. Silver Wraiths continued to be built through 1959.
This particular car was delivered to a prominent London, England family in 1947. It wears unique custom coachwork by Freestone & Webb and features side-mounted spare tires; rather unusual for such a late-production automobile. It remained in London in the Mayfair region in the same family ownership for 30 years until it was sold to a collector in Central Pennsylvania. Dr. Brod first saw the car at the Hershey Fall Meet in 1979 and after 5 years of patient negotiations, he purchased the car in 1984. The car then received a complete mechanical restoration and bare metal repaint, while the interior was reupholstered and the wood refinished. He gifted the car to the Rolls-Royce Foundation in 1994 where it joined the RRF’s permanent collection of vehicles. It is pictured on page 34 of Larry Dalton’s book, Rolls-Royce, The Elegance Continues.
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