1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith

The Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith was produced in 1938 and 1939 before World War II brought production to an end. Instead, the company shifted its efforts to wartime production with its V-12 Merlin engines powering Supermarine Spitfire and North American Mustang fighters in Packard-built V-1650 trim. After the war, the production of Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars moved to Crewe where a new philosophy was adopted and a new direction. For the first time in Rolls-Royce history, its products were offered as complete cars wearing factory coachwork. Customers were still able to obtain a car in chassis form and deliver it to a coachbuilder of their choosing, such as Park Ward, Freestone and Webb, H.J. Mulliner, and Hooper.

The Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith rested on an entirely new 127-inch wheelbase chassis which was considerably different than the pre-war Wraith. It was similar to the new Bentley chassis but seven inches longer. The standard wheelbase measured 127 inches while the longer wheelbase was 133 inches. The Long Wheelbase version was introduced in 1951 with deliveries beginning in January of 1952.

The suspension of the Silver Wraith was independent at the front with a conventional semi-elliptic spring setup at the rear along with a live axle. Braking power was provided by a hybrid hydro-mechanical system with hydraulic front brakes and mechanical rears using the mechanical servo system. Power was supplied by a 4,257cc straight-six cylinder through 1951 when its displacement increased to 4,566cc. In 1955, the engine grew in size again, this time to 4,887cc. The engines were initially backed by a four-speed manual gearbox but were supplemented by a General Motors Hydramatic automatic option from 1952.

The total production of the 1946 through 1958 Silver Wraith totaled 1,883 vehicles including 638 long wheelbase examples.


by Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2020

Related Reading : Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith History

The Silver Wraith, launched in 1947, was an evolution of the pre-war Wraith and was offered in the traditional chassis form ready for the fitting of Bespoke coachwork. The 4,257cc overhead-inlet, side-exhaust engine developed before the war was used, as well as a modified coil and wishbone independent front suspension. Hydraulic brakes were used for the first time on a Rolls-Royce with hydraulic brakes. The....
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At a time when most of England was suffering post war and didnt have much use for a luxury motorcar, Rolls Royce decided to no longer produce cars in strictly separate series. Instead they would create as many parts of the engine, chassis and gearbox that would be identical for the different makes, and therefore easily interchangeable. The British economy had suffered due to raw materials shortages,....
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1948 Vehicle Profiles

Convertible
Coachwork: Franay

Chassis Num: LWAB63
Engine Num: W127B

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....[continue reading]

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith vehicle information

Saloon
Coachwork: Freestone & Webb

From 1946 to 1959, Rolls-Royce produced 1783 Silver Wraiths. Until World War Two, Rolls-Royce produced only the chassis and all of the bodies were added by coachbuilders. After the war, the company's products were much more homogeneous with most bodi....[continue reading]

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith vehicle information

Sedanca DeVille
Coachwork: Mulliner

Chassis Num: WZB28
Engine Num: W27B

The original owner of this formal Sedanca de Ville was Marie Arnold Chapin, of Syracuse, New York. It is outfitted with coachbuilder H.J. Mulliner's design number 7055. It has an enclosed rear passenger compartment and a sliding hood over the driver'....[continue reading]

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith vehicle information

Sedanca DeVille
Coachwork: Mulliner

Chassis Num: WFC 28

This car is a Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Sedanca de Ville, bodied by H.J. Mulliner. It is one of about 15 built in 1949. It is a full seven-passenger limousine, with division and a convertible driver's compartment. For most of its time in England, the....[continue reading]

Convertible by Franay
Chassis #: LWAB63 
Saloon by Freestone & Webb
 
Sedanca DeVille by Mulliner
Chassis #: WZB28 
Sedanca DeVille by Mulliner
Chassis #: WFC 28 


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1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)34
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)34
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)
1950Chevrolet (1,498,590)Ford (1,208,912)Plymouth (610,954)
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