1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Concealed Head Cabriolet Vehicle Profile

1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith photograph

1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith photograph

1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith
Concealed Head Cabriolet
Coachwork: Mulliner
The Wraith, sometimes described as the quietest Rolls ever built, was the replacement for the 25/30 and the final and most modern junior Rolls-Royce prior to WWII. With a four-inch longer wheelbase than its predecessor and a chassis with much in common with the larger Phantom III, the Wraith featured a new independent front suspension with enclosed coil springs on a solid axle; aft were the same semi-elliptic springs on a solid axle with servo-assisted mechanical brakes. Production however, came to a halt with the outbreak of WWII, after just 491 chassis were built. Rolls-Royce became the producer of Merlin aircraft engines for the British Royal Air Force Spitfires and other fighter aircraft.

This Rolls-Royce Wraith is a one-off by coachbuilder H.J. Mulliner of London and was built for the Earls Court Motor Show and the Paris Auto Salon of 1939. However, due to the outbreak of war, both events were cancelled. The car was sold to Rolls-Royce London distributor, Jack Barclay, Ltd. who owned it until 1948, when it was sold to a Mr. A. Jones. It is an 'all-weather' four-door cabriolet with a disappearing top and dual divided wind-shields. The chassis is welded rather than traditional riveted construction, and is equipped with governor-controlled hydraulic dampers that vary with the speed of the vehicle. The Wraith is among the rarest of Rolls-Royce's prewar vehicles.


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Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1939 sales)
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Saloon Coupe by James Young
Chassis#: WHC47
Sold for $145,600
  2019 RM Sothebys : The Guyton Collection
 
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith faux cabriolet Vanvooren
Chassis#: WEC 14
Sold for $175,224
  2018 Artcurial : Retromobile
 
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Sports Saloon
Chassis#: WRB57
Sold for $143,000
  2017 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
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1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith H.J.Mulliner Saloon
Chassis#: WKC4
Sold for $41,761
  2016 H & H Auctions - Chateau Impney
 
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Special Saloon
Chassis#: WMB11
Sold for $57,006
  2013 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum
 
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Sedanca de Ville
Chassis#: WHC29
Sold for $27,859
  2013 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum
 
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Saloon by James Young
Chassis#: WEC27
Sold for $86,197
  2013 H & H - Rockingham Castle
 
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith
Chassis#: WHC 33
Sold for $88,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - The Amelia Island Auction
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1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Saloon
Chassis#: WEC81
Sold for $2,091
  2009 Rolls-Royce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith
Chassis#: WHC 66
Sold for $25,857
  2007 Coys Auction - Grandes Marques - Maastricht
 
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Saloon
Chassis#: WHC21
Sold for $36,895
  2004 Bonhams - Rolls-Royce & Bentley Motor Cars
 
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Limousine Wraith
Chassis#: WHC63
Sold for $27,340
  2003 Bonhams - Rolls-Royce & Bentley Motor Cars & Related Automobilia
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Special SaloonWMB112015 H & H RREC Burghley House   
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Special SaloonWMB112014 H&H Auctions : RREC Rockingham Castle   
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith 2014 Mecum Kissimmee   
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith 2011 Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL Auction$45,000  
1939 Rolls-Royce 25/30hp Wraith Touring LimousineWLB282010 Bonhams RollsRoyce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia $28,000$32,000
1939 Rolls-Royce 25/30hp Wraith SaloonWEC262009 RollsRoyce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia $36,000$38,000
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith LimousineWHC632003 Bonhams Collectors' Motor Cars, Cycles, & Automoblia at RAF Hendon $20,000$24,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Wraith1938 Limousine
Coachbuilder: Brewster
Chassis Num: WRB80
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Wraith1939 Sedan
Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Wraith1939 Concealed Head Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Wraith1939 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Wraith1939 Limousine
Coachbuilder: Windovers
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Wraith1939 Fixed Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: WHC 33
Engine Num: C4WW
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Wraith1939 Touring Limousine
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: WKC 2
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Wraith1939 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: WRB57
Engine Num: W6WM


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