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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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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

1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith

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