1955 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine / DLW89 Chassis Information

1955 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
Limousine
Coachwork: Hooper
Chassis #: DLW89
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

Chassis# DLW89

2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
Pre-Auction Estimates :$70,000-$100,000 
Sale Price : $82,500

Analysis

Chassis number DLW89 Auction Sales History
2011$82,500

2011 1
2010 1
2004 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2011$82,500$82,5001
2010$15,400$15,4001
2004$50,600$50,6001

Recent Sales

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

No Sale

1955 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
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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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