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1955 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine / DLW89 Vehicle Information

1955 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1955 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
Sold for $82,500 at 2011 RM Auctions at Monterey.
Prior to World War II, Rolls-Royce Ltd. began updating its namesake its companion company, Bentley. In 1938, they introduced the Wraith followed by the Mark V Bentley a year later. Both had coil-spring independent front suspensions and powered by the 4.25-liter Bentley overhead valve unit, now with cross-flow cylinder heads.

When World War II came to a close, the modifications, refinements and updates to the vehicles continued. Bentley, for the first time, got a factory production body, the Mark VI Standard Steel Saloon. The engine which displaced 4257cc was reconfigured as an F-head, with overhead intake valves and exhaust valves in the block. The Rolls-Royce vehicles, continued to be built as rolling chassis and then sent to coachbuilders where they were often fitted with formal limousine bodies.

The Mark VI Bentley was succeeded by the R-Type in 1952 while the Silver Wraith continued in production through 1958. During the period, the Silver Wraith's engine was twice enlarged, to 4566cc in 1951, when the wheelbase was increased by six inches. Three years later, the engine size rose to 4887cc. From 1952, the four-speed automatic transmission was offered as optional equipment.

This example, chassis number DLW89, was delivered by Hooper to a Mr. F.C. Fisher in May of 1955. The current owner acquired the car in 1975. It is powered by the 4887cc F-head six-cylinder engine which is mated to a four-speed manual transmission. The wheelbase measures 133 inches and there are four-wheel servo-assisted hydraulic drum brakes.

In 2011, the car was offered for sale at the Monterey, CA sale presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $70,000 - $100,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car was sold for the sum of $82,500 including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2011



2011 RM Auctions at Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $70,000-USD $100,000 
Sale Price :
USD $82,500

1955 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1955 sales)
1955 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine
Chassis#: DLW83
Sold for USD$18,887
  2019 H & H Classic Car
 
1955 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine
Chassis#: DLW83
Sold for USD$19,509
  2019 H & H - Classic Car
 
1955 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Touring Limousine by Hooper & Co.
Chassis#: DLW89
Sold for USD$82,500
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
1955 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith image  
1955 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH ESTATE WAGON
Sold for USD$15,400
  2010 Barrett-Jackson ORANGE COUNTY 2010
 
1955 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith H. J. Mulliner Touring Limousine
Chassis#: LDLW-166
Sold for USD$50,600
  2004 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1955 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1955 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith Experimental 2017 Anglia Auction $28,000$32,000
1955 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Six Light Touring Saloon 2015 H & H RREC Burghley House   
1955 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Six Light Touring SaloonDLW1442014 H&H Auctions : RREC Rockingham Castle   

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Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Vehicle Profiles
Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine

Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb
Model Year: 1946
Profile
Saloon
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Saloon

Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Model Year: 1947
Profile
Saloon
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Saloon

Coachbuilder: W. M. Meredith & Sons
Model Year: 1947
Profile

Sedanca Coupe
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Sedanca Coupe

Coachbuilder: Saoutchik
Chassis Num: WTA45
Model Year: 1947
Profile
Touring Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Touring Limousine

Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: WVA52
Model Year: 1947
Profile
Drophead Coupe
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Franay
Chassis Num: WVA63
Engine Num: W 148 A
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History

Cabriolet
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Inskip
Chassis Num: WZB36
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History
Saloon
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Saloon

Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb
Model Year: 1948
Profile
Convertible
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Convertible

Coachbuilder: Franay
Chassis Num: LWAB63
Engine Num: W127B
Model Year: 1948
Profile and Auction History

Sedanca DeVille
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Sedanca DeVille

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: WFC 28
Model Year: 1948
Profile
Sedanca DeVille
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Sedanca DeVille

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: WZB28
Engine Num: W27B
Model Year: 1948
Profile and Auction History
Sedanca de Ville
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Sedanca de Ville

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: WDC.89
Engine Num: W.88.C
Model Year: 1949
Profile and Auction History

Drophead Coupe
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: WGC 41
Engine Num: M 240C
Model Year: 1949
Profile and Auction History
Enclosed Drive Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Enclosed Drive Limousine

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: LWHD48
Engine Num: W48D
Model Year: 1950
Profile and Auction History
Drophead Roadster
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Drophead Roadster

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: WGC48 or WGG48
Model Year: 1950
Profile

LWB Drop Head Coupe
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith LWB Drop Head Coupe

Model Year: 1951
Drop Head Coupe
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Drop Head Coupe

Coachbuilder: Abbotts of Farnham
Model Year: 1952
Profile
Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Model Year: 1952
Profile

Coupe
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Coupe

Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb
Chassis Num: WVH6
Engine Num: W6H
Model Year: 1952
Profile and Auction History
Touring Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Touring Limousine

Coachbuilder: Hooper
Model Year: 1953
Profile
Touring Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Touring Limousine

Coachbuilder: Hooper
Model Year: 1953
Profile

Touring Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Touring Limousine

Coachbuilder: Hooper
Model Year: 1954
Profile
Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine

Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: DLW 125
Model Year: 1954
Profile and Auction History
Vignale Sedan
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Vignale Sedan

Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: LCLW14
Engine Num: L13C
Model Year: 1954
Profile and Auction History

Touring Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Touring Limousine

Coachbuilder: James Young
Model Year: 1955
Profile
Touring Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Touring Limousine

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Model Year: 1955
Profile
Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine

Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: DLW89
Model Year: 1955
Profile and Auction History

Touring Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Touring Limousine

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Model Year: 1956
Profile
Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine

Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Model Year: 1956
Profile
Express Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Express Limousine

Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: ELW60
Model Year: 1956
Profile and Auction History

Touring Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Touring Limousine

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: LEL W92
Model Year: 1956
Profile and Auction History
DropHead Coupe
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith DropHead Coupe

Model Year: 1957
Profile
Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine

Coachbuilder: Hooper
Model Year: 1957

Saloon
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Saloon

Coachbuilder: Hooper
Model Year: 1957
Touring Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Touring Limousine

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Model Year: 1957
Profile
Saloon
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Saloon

Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: 7356
Model Year: 1957
Profile

Saloon
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Saloon

Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: FLW64
Model Year: 1957
Profile and Auction History
Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine

Coachbuilder: James Young
Model Year: 1958
Profile
Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine

Coachbuilder: James Young
Model Year: 1958
Profile

Touring Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Touring Limousine

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: LGLW23
Engine Num: L22G
Model Year: 1958
Profile and Auction History
Touring Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Touring Limousine

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: LHLW18
Engine Num: L.14.H
Model Year: 1958
Profile and Auction History
LWB Touring Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith LWB Touring Limousine

Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Model Year: 1959
Profile

LWB Touring Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith LWB Touring Limousine

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Model Year: 1959
Profile


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