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1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Fixed Head Coupe / WHC 33 Vehicle Information

1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith photograph

1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith photograph

1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith photograph

1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith photograph

1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith photograph

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Sold for $88,000 at 2013 Gooding and Company - The Amelia Island Auction.
As 1935 was coming to a close, Rolls-Royce Chief Engineer A.G. Elliott expressed his desire to take the company's line of six-cylinder cars to a new level of design, power, and quality. In 1938, that new car was introduced. It was given an independent front suspension and an all-new welded chassis with a cruciform brace. The new car was, in essence, a smaller version of the Phantom III. Breaking from the tradition crafted from the 20/25 and 25/30, Rolls-Royce gave their new vehicle a more elegant name - the Wraith. In total, Rolls-Royce produced just 491 examples of the Wraith over a two year period prior to the onset of World War II.

This example wears a well-preserved restoration. During the past 35 years, the car has been owned by just two owners. The car - WHC 33 - was sold on March 14th of 1939 to H.R. Owen, a dealer of fine motorcars during the interwar period. Tested on May 19th of 1939, it was delivered on June 7th to coachbuilder Gurney Nutting for drop head coupe coachwork. It was first registered on April 27, 1946, with tags reading GVR 430. As some point during this period, the car's roof was modified with a fixed head coupe.

Stan Brunt acquired the car in the early 1970s. He was a dealer and restorer of fine motorcars in Newcastle, England. Soon after it acquisition, it was advertised for sale. The next owner was Dr. Mark Sheppard of St. Petersburg, Florida. Dr. Sheppard requested that Mr. Brunt thoroughly freshen the Rolls-Royce before shipping it to Florida. The work included repainting the exterior, re-plating most of the brightwork, refurbishing the interior, and rebuilding the engine with a new flywheel, carburetor, and water pump.

WHC 33 was imported on December 29th of 1975 and would remain with Dr. Sheppard until his passing in 1978. The car was purchased from his estate by Delton Woodard of St. Petersburg. While in his care, rain gutters and moldings were added to the car's roof, which was then repainted in white to contrast the blue body.

In the early 1990s, Mr. Woodard's family inherited the car following his passing.


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2013


2013 Gooding and Company - The Amelia Island Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $125,000-USD $175,000 
Sale Price :
USD $88,000

1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1939 sales)
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Gurney Nutting Sedanca Coupe
Sold for USD$278,350
  2019 Shannons - Melbourne Summer Classic
 
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Saloon Coupe by James Young
Chassis#: WHC47
Sold for USD$145,600
  2019 RM Sothebys : The Guyton Collection
 
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith faux cabriolet Vanvooren
Chassis#: WEC 14
Sold for USD$175,224
  2018 Artcurial : Retromobile
 
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Sports Saloon
Chassis#: WRB57
Sold for USD$143,000
  2017 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith image  1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith image  
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith H.J.Mulliner Saloon
Chassis#: WKC4
Sold for USD$41,761
  2016 H & H Auctions - Chateau Impney
 
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Sedanca de Ville
Chassis#: WHC29
Sold for USD$27,859
  2013 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum
 
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Special Saloon
Chassis#: WMB11
Sold for USD$57,006
  2013 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum
 
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Saloon by James Young
Chassis#: WEC27
Sold for USD$86,197
  2013 H & H - Rockingham Castle
 
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith
Chassis#: WHC 33
Sold for USD$88,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - The Amelia Island Auction
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith image  1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith image  
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Saloon
Chassis#: WEC81
Sold for USD$2,091
  2009 Rolls-Royce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith
Chassis#: WHC 66
Sold for USD$25,857
  2007 Coys Auction - Grandes Marques - Maastricht
 
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Saloon
Chassis#: WHC21
Sold for USD$36,895
  2004 Bonhams - Rolls-Royce & Bentley Motor Cars
 
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Limousine Wraith
Chassis#: WHC63
Sold for USD$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 Wraith
1938 Limousine
Coachbuilder: Brewster
Chassis Num: WRB80

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Wraith
1939 Sedan
Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Wraith
1939 Concealed Head Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Wraith
1939 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Wraith
1939 Limousine
Coachbuilder: Windovers
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Wraith
1939 Fixed Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: WHC 33
Engine Num: C4WW

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Wraith
1939 Touring Limousine
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: WKC 2
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Wraith
1939 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: WRB57
Engine Num: W6WM

1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith

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