1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Touring Limousine / WVA52 Chassis Information

1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
Touring Limousine
Coachwork: Hooper
Chassis Num: WVA52
This car is one of the first chassis produced when automobile production resumed after the war. Rolls-Royce adapted their pre-war model with an updated engine and suspension. The Silver Wraith was the last Rolls-Royce to be built as a chassis with the body and interior built to customer specifications by one of a number of coachbuilders. Work was started on WVA52 in January, 1947. The chassis was tested and turned over to Hooper for construction of a 'Touring Limousine' body in June 6, 1947, Hooper design #8035. The completed car was tested two days before Christmas, 1947, and delivered to its first owner on January 15, 1948. The first owner, the Honorable Walter Roch, Esq., was a Member of Parliament for Pembrokeshire from 1908 to 1918 and a respected barrister who, by this time had retired to his estate in Monmouthshire.

The body is a close-coupled limousine in a style popular at the time. Delivered with an electric divider and a sunroof over the front seat, it also was ordered with a radio with hidden antenna, picnic tables, bar, a rear window shade, a removable vanity mirror, and a rare electrically operated driver's window.

The car was returned to Rolls-Royce in February, 1958, for major work. At that time the engine was replaced with one from WYA31 and the car was repainted and the upholstery was replaced with leather. Recent work includes an entirely rebuilt engine, paint and upholstery.

The overhead valve four-and-a-quarter litre engine is capable of speeds over 85 miles an hour on the highway. The transmission has 4 speeds with the top three gears synchronized for easy shifting. The large steering wheel helps compensate for the heavy steering and the drum brakes are both servo assisted at the front and mechanical on the rear wheels. There are hydraulic shock absorbers on all four wheels and a central chassis lubrication system. This short wheelbase car is 17 feet 2 inches long.

Chassis# WVA52

No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

Analysis

Chassis number WVA52 Auction Sales History

2017 2
2015 1
2013 2
2011 1
2009 1
2003 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$401,500$561,0002
2015$231,000$231,0001
2013$242,000$264,0002
2011$165,000$165,0001
2009$63,337$63,3371
2003$31,768$31,7681

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1947 sales)
1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Drophead Coupe by Inskip
Chassis#: WZB36
Sold for $561,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey
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1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Cabriolet
Chassis#: WVA63
Sold for $242,000
  2017 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction
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1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1947 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH CONVERTIBLE BY FRANAY
Chassis#: WVA63
Sold for $231,000
  2015 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale
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1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Drophead Coupe
Sold for $264,000
  2013 Worldwide Auctions - Auburn
 
1947 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH DROPHEAD COUPE
Chassis#: WVA63
Sold for $220,000
  2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale
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1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: WVA63
Sold for $165,000
  2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions
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1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith 'Park Ward' Saloon
Chassis#: WTA81
Sold for $63,337
  2009 Shannons Auctions - 2009 Melbourne International Motorshow Auction
 
1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Sports Saloon with Division
Chassis#: WYA 78
Sold for $31,768
  2003 Bonhams - Rolls-Royce & Bentley Motor Cars & Related Automobilia
 

No Sale

1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith ConvertibleWYA262016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach $1,250,000$2,000,000
1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Cabriolet by FranayWVA632014 RM Auctions Amelia Island$210,000$300,000$375,000
1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith 4¼-Litre Sports SaloonWVA742010 Bonhams Royal Mirage, Dubai $90,000$130,000

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