The 1938-1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith was the last and most
modern junior Royce of the prewar period, taking over for the Rolls-Royce
25/30. Wheelbase was extended four inches over that of its predecessor, for a
chassis thoroughly revised along Phantom III lines, featuring GM-like
independent front suspension with enclosed coil springs.
1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith sedan
A semi-elliptic leaf-sprung solid rear axle and servo-assisted four-wheel hydraulic brakes were as before. More graceful though still very stately bodywork was supplied by specialists, as per Rolls-Royce tradition. Most Wraiths were sedans with razor-edge lines, but a few, more flowing coupes and convertibles were also completed.
Development of the Rolls-Royce Wraith was cut off by the outbreak of World War II, and the model would not be revived postwar, making this effectively a two-year-only offering and thus among the rarest prewar Royces today. It bears no mechanical relationship with post-1945 models.
Pluses of the 1938-1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith:
- CCCA Classic status
- High-quality build
- Magnificent furnishings and detailing
- Marque's customary snob appeal
- Pleasant, up-to-date handling
Minuses of the 1938-1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith:
- Costly to buy and restore
- Generally "heavier" styling than earlier Rolls-Royce juniors
- Rot-prone wood-frame bodywork a real headache
- Still not fast (about 80 mph tops)
Production of the 1938-1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith:
Specifications of the 1938-1939
Wheelbase, inches: 136.0
Length, inches: Variable with body
Weight, pounds: approx. 5,200
Price, new: NA
Engines for the 1938-1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith:
|Type||Size ||Horsepower||Years |
| ohv I-6||4,257 cc (260 cid) ||90*||1938-1939 |
*Estimate -- not officially quoted.
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