1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Convertible / LWAB63 Chassis 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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Convertible
Coachwork: Franay
Chassis #: LWAB63
Engine #: W127B
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 :
$400,000-$500,000 
Sale Price :
$473,000

2017 1
2015 1
2014 1
2011 1
2007 1
2004 2

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1948 sales)
1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Cabriolet by Franay
Chassis#: LWAB63
Sold for $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 $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 $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 $13,287
  2011 H & H - Pavilion Gardens
 
1948 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH THREE-POSITION DROPHEAD
Sold for $95,000
  2007 Worldwide Auctions - Houston Classic 2007
 
1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine
Chassis#: WZB43
Sold for $19,800
  2004 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
 
1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Sedanca de Ville
Chassis#: WCB10
Sold for $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 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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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1946 Limousine
Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1947 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1947 Saloon
Coachbuilder: W. M. Meredith & Sons
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1947 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Saoutchik
Chassis Num: WTA45
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1947 Touring Limousine
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: WVA52
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1947 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Franay
Chassis Num: WVA63
Engine Num: W 148 A
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1947 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Inskip
Chassis Num: WZB36
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1948 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1948 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Franay
Chassis Num: LWAB63
Engine Num: W127B
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1948 Sedanca DeVille
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: WFC 28
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1948 Sedanca DeVille
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: WZB28
Engine Num: W27B
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1949 Sedanca de Ville
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: WDC.89
Engine Num: W.88.C
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1949 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: WGC 41
Engine Num: M 240C
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1950 Enclosed Drive Limousine
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: LWHD48
Engine Num: W48D
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1950 Drophead Roadster
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: WGC48 or WGG48
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1952 Drop Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Abbotts of Farnham
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1952 Limousine
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1952 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb
Chassis Num: WVH6
Engine Num: W6H
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1953 Touring Limousine
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1953 Touring Limousine
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1954 Touring Limousine
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1954 Limousine
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: DLW 125
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1954 Vignale Sedan
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: LCLW14
Engine Num: L13C
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1955 Touring Limousine
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1955 Touring Limousine
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1955 Limousine
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: DLW89
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1956 Touring Limousine
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1956 Limousine
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1956 Express Limousine
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: ELW60
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1956 Touring Limousine
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: LEL W92
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1957 Limousine
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1957 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1957 Touring Limousine
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1957 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: 7356
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1957 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: FLW64
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1958 Limousine
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1958 Limousine
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1958 Touring Limousine
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: LGLW23
Engine Num: L22G
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1958 Touring Limousine
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: LHLW18
Engine Num: L.14.H
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1959 LWB Touring Limousine
Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1959 LWB Touring Limousine
Coachbuilder: Mulliner


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