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1949 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Drophead Coupe / WGC 41 Vehicle Information

1949 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1949 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1949 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1949 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1949 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1949 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1949 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1949 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

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This 1949 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Drophead Coupe with coachwork by Gurney Nutting was offered for sale at the 2007 Christies auction of 'Exceptional Motor Cars at the Monterey Jet Center.' It is finished in dark blue with a beige leather interior and beige soft top. Power is from the six-cylinder engine with overhead inlet valves and a maximum horsepower of about 126. There is a four-speed manual transmission with synchromesh on the top three ratios and four-wheel hydromechanical drums with mechanical servo.

The Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn automobiles were built using a standardized pressed steel body on a very large and well engineering chassis with front independent suspension. In keeping with tradition, Rolls-Royce created a model available in just chassis form allowing the custom coachbuilders to create unique creations to specific customer specifications. These were called the Silver Wraith. Coachbuilders such as H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward, Hooper, Webb, and Freestone, among others, were given the opportunity to create versions of the Silver Wraith. Gurney Nutting was well known for its formal models, dropheads, and saloons. The first vehicle they created for Rolls-Royce was a Sedanca in 1924. Production of the Silver Wraith would continue for twelve years ending in 1959, with a total of 1700 examples being produced during that time. Only a few of those were created by Gurney Nutting.

This example is very elegant, with a drop-top that folds into a recess behind the rear seat. The windows and top are hydraulically operated, which was a unique feature during this era. The interior features picnic tables in the front seatbacks and a Becker period radio.

The vehicle's early life was spent in Great Britain. It later came to the US where it has spent the remainder of its time. It has been treated to a cosmetic restoration since 2002 including a bare metal respray, new top, new interior, wood stripped and refinished, chrome replated and the engine bay cleaned up.

At auction, this car was estimated to sell for $80,000 - $100,000. Sadly, a buyer willing to meet the vehicle's reserve was not found and the car left the auction unsold.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2007



2007 Christie's Exceptional Motor Cars at the Monterey Jet Center

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $80,000-USD $100,000 
Lot was not sold

1949 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1949 sales)
1949 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: WFC35
Sold for USD$28,600
  2021 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1949 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH
Chassis#: WZB 12
Sold for USD$10,080
  2020 Bonhams : Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
 
1949 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
Chassis#: WDC24
Sold for USD$47,347
  2016 Silverstone : The May Sale
 
1949 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine
Chassis#: WFC68
Sold for USD$28,013
  2015 H & H RREC Burghley House
 
1949 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH LIMOUSINE
Sold for USD$54,193
  2014 Shannons - Melbourne Spring Classic
 
1949 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine
Chassis#: WFC68
Sold for USD$41,972
  2014 H&H Auctions : RREC Rockingham Castle
 
1949 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH LIMOUSINE
Chassis#: WDC61
Sold for USD$77,000
  2014 Barrett-Jackson's 43RD Annual Scottsdale Auction
 
1949 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine
Chassis#: WD3C
Sold for USD$44,811
  2012 Shannons Melbourne Autumn Classic Auction
 
1949 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Sedanca de Ville
Chassis#: WDC.89
Sold for USD$46,200
  2012 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction
1949 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith image  1949 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith image  
1949 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith Touring Limousine
Sold for USD$46,799
  2006 RM Auctions Toronto International Spring Classic Car Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1949 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1949 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Nutting 2007 Christie's Exceptional Motor Cars at the Monterey Jet Center $80,000$100,000

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Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Vehicle Profiles
Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine

Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb
Model Year: 1946
Profile
Saloon
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Saloon

Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Model Year: 1947
Profile
Saloon
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Saloon

Coachbuilder: W. M. Meredith & Sons
Model Year: 1947
Profile

Sedanca Coupe
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Sedanca Coupe

Coachbuilder: Saoutchik
Chassis Num: WTA45
Model Year: 1947
Profile
Touring Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Touring Limousine

Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: WVA52
Model Year: 1947
Profile
Drophead Coupe
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Franay
Chassis Num: WVA63
Engine Num: W 148 A
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History

Cabriolet
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Inskip
Chassis Num: WZB36
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History
Saloon
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Saloon

Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb
Model Year: 1948
Profile
Convertible
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Convertible

Coachbuilder: Franay
Chassis Num: LWAB63
Engine Num: W127B
Model Year: 1948
Profile and Auction History

Sedanca DeVille
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Sedanca DeVille

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: WFC 28
Model Year: 1948
Profile
Sedanca DeVille
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Sedanca DeVille

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: WZB28
Engine Num: W27B
Model Year: 1948
Profile and Auction History
Sedanca de Ville
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Sedanca de Ville

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: WDC.89
Engine Num: W.88.C
Model Year: 1949
Profile and Auction History

Drophead Coupe
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: WGC 41
Engine Num: M 240C
Model Year: 1949
Profile and Auction History
Enclosed Drive Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Enclosed Drive Limousine

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: LWHD48
Engine Num: W48D
Model Year: 1950
Profile and Auction History
Drophead Roadster
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Drophead Roadster

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: WGC48 or WGG48
Model Year: 1950
Profile

LWB Drop Head Coupe
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith LWB Drop Head Coupe

Model Year: 1951
Drop Head Coupe
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Drop Head Coupe

Coachbuilder: Abbotts of Farnham
Model Year: 1952
Profile
Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Model Year: 1952
Profile

Coupe
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Coupe

Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb
Chassis Num: WVH6
Engine Num: W6H
Model Year: 1952
Profile and Auction History
Touring Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Touring Limousine

Coachbuilder: Hooper
Model Year: 1953
Profile
Touring Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Touring Limousine

Coachbuilder: Hooper
Model Year: 1953
Profile

Touring Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Touring Limousine

Coachbuilder: Hooper
Model Year: 1954
Profile
Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine

Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: DLW 125
Model Year: 1954
Profile and Auction History
Vignale Sedan
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Vignale Sedan

Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: LCLW14
Engine Num: L13C
Model Year: 1954
Profile and Auction History

Touring Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Touring Limousine

Coachbuilder: James Young
Model Year: 1955
Profile
Touring Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Touring Limousine

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Model Year: 1955
Profile
Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine

Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: DLW89
Model Year: 1955
Profile and Auction History

Touring Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Touring Limousine

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Model Year: 1956
Profile
Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine

Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Model Year: 1956
Profile
Express Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Express Limousine

Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: ELW60
Model Year: 1956
Profile and Auction History

Touring Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Touring Limousine

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: LEL W92
Model Year: 1956
Profile and Auction History
DropHead Coupe
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith DropHead Coupe

Model Year: 1957
Profile
Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine

Coachbuilder: Hooper
Model Year: 1957

Saloon
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Saloon

Coachbuilder: Hooper
Model Year: 1957
Touring Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Touring Limousine

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Model Year: 1957
Profile
Saloon
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Saloon

Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: 7356
Model Year: 1957
Profile

Saloon
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Saloon

Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: FLW64
Model Year: 1957
Profile and Auction History
Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine

Coachbuilder: James Young
Model Year: 1958
Profile
Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine

Coachbuilder: James Young
Model Year: 1958
Profile

Touring Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Touring Limousine

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: LGLW23
Engine Num: L22G
Model Year: 1958
Profile and Auction History
Touring Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Touring Limousine

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: LHLW18
Engine Num: L.14.H
Model Year: 1958
Profile and Auction History
LWB Touring Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith LWB Touring Limousine

Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Model Year: 1959
Profile

LWB Touring Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith LWB Touring Limousine

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Model Year: 1959
Profile


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