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1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith

Introduced in 1946 as Rolls-Royce's first postwar model the Silver Wraith had many new features including a F-head engine of 125hp, revised coil spring independent front suspension and a new chassis frame. In contrast to its Silver Dawn stablemate all Silver Wraiths were bodied by independent coachbuilders, continuing Rolls-Royce's tradition of catering to the desires of its clientele for bespoke, individual, creations. Most were bodied by Rolls-Royce's British colleagues but a few were bodied by Continental coachbuilders who favored the chassis with some of their most imaginative creations, including this 1947 Silver Wraith with Drophead coupe coachwork by Parisian Carrossier Franay, the first of just six individual bodies it built on the Silver Wraith. Founded in 1903, Franay was known for the quality of its work on the finest chassis of the classic and postwar periods, quality which is apparent in this refined yet also distinctive Silver Wraith built to the order of Swiss physician Dr. M. Adel Latif. Its sweeping teardrop fenders and skirted rear wheels reflect modest aerodynamic influences complementing the steel wheels (a feature new to the Silver Wraith) and whitewall tires. Marius Franay would soon yield to the postwar French fascination for chrome but this example is refreshingly restrained with only a discrete and attractive thin beltline molding and chrome accents on the leading edges of the front fenders that are attractively balanced by a pair of low-set fog lights, a single central driving light and headlights nestled in teardrop housings between the fenders and the Rolls-Royce grille. It is finished in medium blue metallic, upholstered in matching leather and accompanied by a dark blue cloth top. The right-hand drive chassis has a floor shift for the 4-speed gearbox. Restored some time ago, it has been carefully maintained in a major collection and presents and drives well, a unique example of the craftsmanship and quality of Rolls-Royce and one of France's premier coachbuilders. Its Franco-Britannic individually designed and built heritage positions it for participation in many events where its presence will be valued and appreciated.


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