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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

1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
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 TOURING CAR
Chassis#: LELW84
Sold for USD$47,040
  2021 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction
1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith image  1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith image  
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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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
Touring Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Touring Limousine

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: LELW84
Engine Num: L83E
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
Touring Limousine
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Touring Limousine

Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: LFLW95
Engine Num: L94F
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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