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1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Vignale Sedan / LCLW14 Vehicle Information

1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith photograph

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Sold for $198,000 at 2014 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction.
The Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith was the company's first post-war model. It made its debut in late 1946 and given a chassis similar to that of the Silver Dawn and Mark VI Bentley, though with a 7-inch longer wheelbase. The Wraith was designed to accept the traditional coachbuilt bodies rather than the Mark VI's 'standard steel' bodywork. Only the bore and stroke dimensions were shared with the pre-war overhead-valve Wraith engine, the major advantage of this 'F-head' layout being its large valves and generous water jacketing around the valve seats. Production of the short-wheelbase Wraith continued until 1952, with a total of 1,144 examples built. The long-wheelbase version continued until the introduction of the Phantom V in 1959, by which time 639 chassis had been completed.

This particular example was ordered by Joseph J. Maschuch, Esq. of Maplewood, New Jersey (incorrectly noted as New York on the build sheets). The long-wheelbase Wraith was given a one-off body by Vignale. In the front, the grille is flanked by a pair of sealed beam P100s while a smaller set of hooded foglights capped the front fenders. The rear window and C-pillar were swept back and the rear window was retractable. The cabin necessitated a long rear overhang to accommodate the full sized trunk.

Under the hood, the block, head, dynamo, starter, air cleaner, carburetor, and inlet manifold were all painted green. As per the original owner's request, all visible pipes under the hood were to be chrome plated. Inside, the car was fitted with an air conditioning system. There is fine cabinetry in the rear compartment which concealed a full bar and a center mounted television. It was given a Becker Mexico radio and all of the windows were power operated, as was the front seat. The chauffeur's compartment was trimmed in black leather, while the rear compartment was given grey broadcloth. Under the right rear passenger seat is a toilet with a gold painted toilet seat, although it is understood this was only used as a champagne cooler.

The current caretaker has cared for the car for over a decade. It retains the original interior but has been cosmetically refreshed over the years.

Vignale was famous for clothing numerous Ferraris and other Italian sports cars, but this Rolls-Royce is the only one for which the Italian carrozzeria would ever pen the coachwork.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2014



2014 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction

Sale Price :
USD $198,000

1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1954 sales)
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith 'Phantom IV' Saloon by Freestone & Webb
Chassis#: CLW37
Sold for USD$88,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Hershey
 
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Long Wheelbase Touring
Chassis#: LBLW 45
Sold for USD$84,000
  2019 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
 
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine
Chassis#: DLW 125
Sold for USD$110,000
  2016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
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1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Saloon
Chassis#: BLW65
Sold for USD$46,106
  2015 Bonhams : The Beaulieu Sale
 
1954 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH LWB SPECIAL SALOON
Chassis#: LCLW14
Sold for USD$198,000
  2014 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
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1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Special Touring Limousine
Chassis#: LWVH114
Sold for USD$73,710
  2012 Bonhams - Greenwich Concours d'Elegance: Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia
 
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith 4½-Litre Touring Limousine
Chassis#: CLW26
Sold for USD$94,388
  2007 Bonhams - Les Grandes Marques a Monaco
 
1954 Rolls-Royce 4D
Sold for USD$15,884
  2005 Toronto International Spring Classic Car Auction
 
1954 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH LIMOUSINE
Sold for USD$46,000
  2004 Bonhams - ROLLS ROYCE
 
1954 Rolls-Royce SilverWraith Touring Limo
Sold for USD$42,900
  2003 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith LimousineDLW1252019 Mecum : Monterey$100,000$225,000$250,000
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Touring LimousineWVH1102013 H & H Auctions Chateau Impney   
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith 4½-LitreWVH1102012 Bonhams Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood $40,000$60,000
1954 Rolls-Royce Hooper Body Silver Wraith Limousine 2009 Leake Auctions Dallas 37th Annual Leake Auto Auction Market Hall$56,000  
1954 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH LIMOUSINE 2002 Kruse Auction Las Vegas, NV$97,500  
1954 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH LIMOUSINE 2002 Kruse Auction Las Vegas, NV$140,000  
1954 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH LWB 2001 Kruse Auction Scottsdale Arizona$19,000  

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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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