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1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Convertible / LWAB63 Vehicle Information

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

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Sold for $473,000 at 2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island.
After World War II, Rolls-Royce resumed automobile production with a new model, thee Silver Wraith. This Silver Wraith example was first shown at the 1948 Earl's Court Motor Show without coachwork, after which it was reportedly loaned to an important client of Rolls-Royce, who mounted a rather 'interesting' Sedanca de Ville body on it in time for the Geneva Motor Show in 1949. Joseph Poberejsky, a Parisian stylist, had created the coachwork and it did not receive many favorable reviews. The official press catalogue for the show actually described it as 'Criminal or Pioneer: The ugly Rolls-Royce sedanca of Poberejsky of which it is said it could be a pioneer.' Rolls-Royce management ensured the atrocity would appear only once, and in short order had taken back the chassis, converted it to left-hand drive as LWAB63, and sold it to Mrs. L. Benitez Rexach, who was living in Maisons-Lafitte near Paris.

The French coachbuilder Franay was commissioned to build a two-door, four-seat convertible, which was delivered June 20, 1950. The coachwork featured compound-curved fenders, full rear 'spats', and a long flowing beltline. Parisian dealer Franco-Brittanic Automobiles exhibited it at both the Concours d'Elegance Automobile d'Enghien and the Concours d'Elegance de l'Auto in Paris in 1950.

Mrs. Rexach took delivery of the car on a temporary French registration, valid for only six months. The car did not get fully registered for another 13 years, until July 3rd of 1963.

Seven years after her passing, in 1975, the car was exported to the Dominican Republic, where the Rexachs had a family home, and there it remained until 1998.

Richard Gorman acquired the car on behalf of J. Frank and Milli Ricciardelli, and began a restoration effort. At the time, the car had roughly 17,000 kilometers on its odometer. It was finished in its originals shade of Blue-Grey and trimmed in Champagne Connolly hide. Because of the original show history without coachwork, the chassis and engine carry more polishing and brightwork than is normally found on production cars.

It made its restoration debut at the 1999 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, winning a class away. It returned to Pebble in 2004, earning a Best in Class. Further awards included Best in Class and Best Post-war Restoration at the Unique and Special Ones event in Florence, Italy, in 2010, and Best in Class at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, in both 2004 and 2015.

This car is currently in the care of its third caretakers.



2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $400,000-USD $500,000 
Sale Price :
USD $473,000

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1948 sales)
1948 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith 4 Door Sedan
Chassis#: WCB54
Sold for USD$24,645
  2019 McCormick's - # 67
 
1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Cabriolet by Franay
Chassis#: LWAB63
Sold for USD$473,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith image  1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith image  
1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Sedanca de Ville by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: WZB28
Sold for USD$137,500
  2015 RM Sotheby's Hershey Auction
1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith image  1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith image  
1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Sedanca de Ville by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: WZB28
Sold for USD$110,000
  2014 RM Auctions at Monterey
1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith image  1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith image  
1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Estate
Chassis#: WAB64
Sold for USD$13,287
  2011 H & H - Pavilion Gardens
 
1948 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH THREE-POSITION DROPHEAD
Sold for USD$95,000
  2007 Worldwide Auctions - Houston Classic 2007
 
1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine
Chassis#: WZB43
Sold for USD$19,800
  2004 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
 
1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Sedanca de Ville
Chassis#: WCB10
Sold for USD$44,000
  2004 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1948 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH DROPHEAD COUPÉ 2020 Bonhams : Quail Motorcar Auction $280,000$340,000
1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith LimousineWZB432017 Mecum : Monterey$70,000  
1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith 2017 Mecum : Kissimmee$6,000  
1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Shooting BrakeWCB562011 Bonhams Beaulieu Autojumble, Collectors' Motor Cars $35,000$40,000
1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Shooting BrakeWCB562011 Bonhams Les Grandes Marques à Monaco $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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