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1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith

Chassis number : WZB36

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Sold for $561,000 at 2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey.
This car (chassis number WZB36) was displayed at the New York Auto Show in 1949. The Silver Wraith was the first postwar Rolls-Royce model, and it was made at the Crewe factory from 1946 to 1959. This was the last Rolls-Royce model to receive a wide variety of bespoke coachwork, designed and made by a rapidly declining number of specialist coachbuilders. One of only two Rolls-Royce Silver Wraiths built by J.S. Inskip, this car was delivered in January of 1951. Inskip was the New York distributor for Rolls-Royce. Most of the Rolls-Royces Inskip imported at that time had British or French coachwork, but Inskip did build a handful of Inskip-badged bodies on Phantom III and Silver Wraith chassis.

This car, chassis number WZB36, was the second and last Inskip drophead coupe completed, and the final Rolls-Royce produced with an American custom body. The final two Rolls-Royces produced with American custom coachwork were a pair of drophead coupes, built by former Brewster craftsmen for importer J.S. Inskip of New York. They were constructed on two early Silver Wraith chassis and given sumptuous baroque curves, inspired by the French designs of Saoutchik and Figoni. Other features included the sweeping fenders decorated with chromed brass, and a distinctively sporting 'dip' in the beltline.

The original build plans for this car indicate that it was intended to be built by as a James Young saloon, but this order was cancelled and the car instead sent to the United States. It was finally sold by Inskip to its original owner, Lawrence S. Donaldson of Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 29 January 1951. The car was maintained at the family's historic mansion at 1712 Mount Curve Avenue.

The cars next caretaker was Andrew Darling, who purchased the Silver Wraith from Mr. Donaldson in August of 1957. It remained with him for nearly four decades, before being sold at the famous auction of his collection by Sotheby's in 1996.

A short time later, it was acquired by its current owner, who maintained it for several more years in its original condition, before treating it to a restoration. It was refinished in dark sapphire blue, with a red leather interior and blue cloth top. Currently, the odometer shows 24,910 miles on its original engine.

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2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $425,000-USD $600,000 
Sale Price :
USD $561,000

1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith

(Data based on Model Year 1947 sales)
1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Coupé Sport Saloon par Freestone & Webb
Chassis#: WVA74
Sold for USD$92,156
  2022 Artcurial : Retromobile
 
1947 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH TOURING LIMOUSINE COACHWORK BY HOOPER
Chassis#: WVA38
Sold for USD$47,040
  2021 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours dElegance Online Auction
 
1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Inskip Convertible
Sold for USD$700,000
  2021 Mecum : Glendale
 
1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Drophead Coupe by Inskip
Chassis#: WZB36
Sold for USD$561,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey
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1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Cabriolet
Chassis#: WVA63
Sold for USD$242,000
  2017 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction
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1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith1947 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH CONVERTIBLE BY FRANAY
Chassis#: WVA63
Sold for USD$231,000
  2015 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale
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1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Drophead Coupe
Sold for USD$264,000
  2013 Worldwide Auctions - Auburn
 
1947 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH DROPHEAD COUPE
Chassis#: WVA63
Sold for USD$220,000
  2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale
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1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: WVA63
Sold for USD$165,000
  2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions
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1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith 'Park Ward' Saloon
Chassis#: WTA81
Sold for USD$63,337
  2009 Shannons Auctions - 2009 Melbourne International Motorshow Auction
 
1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Sports Saloon with Division
Chassis#: WYA 78
Sold for USD$31,768
  2003 Bonhams - Rolls-Royce & Bentley Motor Cars & Related Automobilia
 

Rolls-Royce Silver Wraiths That Failed To Sell At Auction

1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Inskip Convertible 2021 Mecum : Kissimmee$475,000$600,000$700,000
1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Inskip Convertible 2020 Mecum : Indy   
1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Inskip Convertible 2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee   
1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Inskip ConvertibleWYA262019 Mecum : Monterey$500,000$500,000$750,000
1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith ConvertibleWYA262016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach $1,250,000$2,000,000
1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Cabriolet by FranayWVA632014 RM Auctions Amelia Island$210,000$300,000$375,000
1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith 4¼-Litre Sports SaloonWVA742010 Bonhams Royal Mirage, Dubai $90,000$130,000

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1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Profiles

1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith vehicle information
1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith vehicle information
Saloon
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Inskip
Chassis #: WZB36
1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith vehicle information
Sedanca Coupe
Coachwork: Saoutchik
Chassis #: WTA45
1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Franay
Chassis #: WVA63
Engine #: W 148 A
1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith vehicle information
Touring Limousine
Coachwork: Hooper
Chassis #: WVA52
1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith vehicle information
Saloon
Coachwork: W. M. Meredith & Sons