1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Express Limousine / ELW60 Vehicle Information

1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

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Sold for $118,250 at 2006 RM Auctions at Meadow Brook.
Sold for $93,500 at 2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island.
Sold for $79,773 (£50,400) at 2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London.
The Wraith was introduced in 1936 as its entry level vehicle and as a replacement for the 25/30. Production continued until the Second World War. When the war concluded the vehicle was updated and given the name Silver Wraith with production lasting from 1946 to 1959.

There were two wheelbases available on the Silver Wraith, the 127 and 134 inch. There were over 1200 examples built on the 127 inch platform and about half that amount on the 134 inch wheelbase. Under the hood was a 4.9 liter six-cylinder engine that was adequate enough to carry the vehicles along at a comfortable 80 mph. A four-speed manual gearbox was standard until 1952 when it was replaced with a four-speed automatic unit.

The Silver Wraith's were available as complete cars with factory coachwork or as 'chassis only'. The 'chassis-only' assembly allowed the buyer to completely customize their vehicle and have it finished by one of the renowned coachbuilders of the time, such as H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward, Hooper, and Freestone and Webb, to name a few.

Hooper Ltd. began bodying Rolls-Royce vehicles in the early 1920s. They built a reputation around their limousines and chauffer driven town cars, some the nicest designs in the business.

This 1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith with chassis number ELW60 is an Empress Limousine with design number 8390. It is one of only 13 Hooper Company coachbuilt examples built on a Silver Wraith chassis. The body is built from hand formed aluminum over a wooden skeleton. A chrome accent piece runs the entire beltline of the vehicle. The chauffeur's compartment is finished in silver-grey leather while the rear passenger compartment is matching silver-grey cloth. Hand polished woodwork can be found throughout the interior. The passenger's center console is equipped with a telescopic mirror and independent climate controls.

This Silver Wraith was created for the Chairman of the Libby Ball Bearings Company, Mr. Gwinn. Soon after its completion it was sent to the United States where it resided a Chicago Collection for a number of years. It was later purchased by a collector in Florida. The Silver Wraith stayed in the collection for 25 years before being purchased by its current owner. A mechanical and cosmetic restoration began in the 1990s and completed nearly 10 years later.

At the 2006 RM Auction in Meadow Brook, it was estimated to fetch between $80,000 - $120,000. It found a new home at a price of $118,250.

There were nearly 2,000 Silver Wraiths constructed. This example is one of only 13 Hooper examples. In 2010, this Empress Limousine by Hooper was offered for sale at RM Auctions 'Automobiles of Amelia Island' sale in Amelia Island, Florida. The car was estimated to sell for $75,000-$100,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car has been sold for the sum of $93,500, inclusive of buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2010


2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London

Pre-Auction Estimates :
£50,000-£75,000 
Sale Price :
USD $79,773 (£50,400.00)

2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $75,000-USD $100,000 
Sale Price :
USD $93,500

2006 RM Auctions at Meadow Brook

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $80,000-USD $120,000 
Sale Price :
USD $118,250

1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1956 sales)
1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Long-wheelbase Limousine
Chassis#: . LFLW22
Sold for USD$56,227
  2017 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Drophead Coupe by Park Ward
Chassis#: LELW94
Sold for USD$297,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
 
1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Touring Limousine
Chassis#: ELW79
Sold for USD$53,445
  2013 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Touring Limousine
Sold for USD$96,800
  2012 Auctions America - Ft Lauderdale, Fl
 
1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Empress Limousine
Chassis#: ELW-60
Sold for USD$79,773
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith image  1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith image  
1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Empress Limousine by Hooper
Sold for USD$93,500
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith image  1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith image  
1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Express Limousine
Chassis#: ELW60
Sold for USD$118,250
  2006 RM Auctions at Meadow Brook
1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith image  1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith image  
1956 Rolls-Royce 4.9 Litre Silver Wriath Seven Passenger Limousine
Chassis#: FLW16
Sold for USD$35,436
  2005 Bonhams - Rolls-Royce, Bentley & Selected Pre-War Motor Cars & Automobilia
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Sedan 2016 Gulf Coast Classic Punta Gorda, Fl$65,000  
1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Four DoorLELW922009 Boca Raton, FL Kruse$70,000  
1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith 4.9-Litre LWB Perspex Top SaloonLELW742008 Bonhams Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles Automobiles d'Exception $280,000$320,000
1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine 2003 The Florida Collector Car Auction$72,500  

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1946 Limousine
Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1947 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1947 Saloon
Coachbuilder: W. M. Meredith & Sons
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1947 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Saoutchik
Chassis Num: WTA45

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1947 Touring Limousine
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: WVA52
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1947 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Franay
Chassis Num: WVA63
Engine Num: W 148 A

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1947 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Inskip
Chassis Num: WZB36
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1948 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1948 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Franay
Chassis Num: LWAB63
Engine Num: W127B
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1948 Sedanca DeVille
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: WFC 28

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1948 Sedanca DeVille
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: WZB28
Engine Num: W27B
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1949 Sedanca de Ville
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: WDC.89
Engine Num: W.88.C

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1949 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: WGC 41
Engine Num: M 240C
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1950 Enclosed Drive Limousine
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: LWHD48
Engine Num: W48D

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1952 Drop Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Abbotts of Farnham
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1952 Limousine
Coachbuilder: Mulliner

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1952 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb
Chassis Num: WVH6
Engine Num: W6H
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1953 Touring Limousine
Coachbuilder: Hooper

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1953 Touring Limousine
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1954 Touring Limousine
Coachbuilder: Hooper

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1954 Limousine
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: DLW 125
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1954 Vignale Sedan
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: LCLW14
Engine Num: L13C

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1955 Touring Limousine
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1955 Touring Limousine
Coachbuilder: Mulliner

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1955 Limousine
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: DLW89
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1956 Touring Limousine
Coachbuilder: Mulliner

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1956 Limousine
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1956 Express Limousine
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: ELW60

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1956 Touring Limousine
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: LEL W92

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1957 Limousine
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1957 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Hooper

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1957 Touring Limousine
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1957 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: 7356

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1957 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: FLW64
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1958 Limousine
Coachbuilder: James Young

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1958 Limousine
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1958 Touring Limousine
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: LGLW23
Engine Num: L22G

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1958 Touring Limousine
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: LHLW18
Engine Num: L.14.H
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1959 LWB Touring Limousine
Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1959 LWB Touring Limousine
Coachbuilder: Mulliner

1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith

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