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1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith

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From 1922 on Rolls-Royce produced a smaller car alongside their larger models. These were the 20, 20/25, 25/30 and Wraith. The Rolls-Royce Wraith was the final pre-war development of these and was an all-new design incorporating some of the features of the Phantom III. Some enthusiasts refer to it as a baby Phantom III, with its 136 inch wheelbase compared with the Phantom III's 142 inches.

Features shared with the Phantom III include independent front suspension, built-in hydraulic jacks, 4-speed transmission, adjustable ride control, servo assisted power brakes, and dual electric fuel pumps. It had an all-new 6-cylinder, overhead valve, 4.25 liter engine, which was as quiet as the Phantom III, both being among the quietest of all pre-war cars. It was introduced in 1938 and only 492 were produced before World War II halted production of all Rolls-Royce and Bentley models. Because of the similarity of names it is sometimes confused with the Silver Wraith which was introduced after the war and is a completely different design.

As with all pre-war Rolls-Royce and Bentleys, only a running chassis was built and custom coachbuilders built the bodies. Thrupp and Maberly was a major custom coachbuilder for Rolls-Royce and Bentley: This Wraith sports their 4-door saloon body. After the war the company, which had been owned by the Roots Group since 1925, made special bodies for Roots cars until they closed in 1967.

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1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Rolls-Royce Wraith

(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
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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
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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
 

Rolls-Royce Wraiths That Failed To Sell At Auction

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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1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Profiles

1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith vehicle information
Limousine
Coachwork: Windovers
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith vehicle information
Touring Limousine
Coachwork: James Young
Chassis #: WKC 2
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith vehicle information
Concealed Head Cabriolet
Coachwork: Mulliner
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith vehicle information
Sedan
Coachwork: Freestone & Webb
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith vehicle information
Fixed Head Coupe
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting
Chassis #: WHC 33
Engine #: C4WW
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith vehicle information
Saloon
Coachwork: Thrupp and Maberly
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith vehicle information
Saloon
Coachwork: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis #: WRB57
Engine #: W6WM