The 1946-1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith was the custom-bodied Rolls-Royce series in the postwar years, continuing a famous name of the 1930’s. Rolls-Royce built the chassis, essentially a stretched-wheelbase version (127 or 133 inches) of the contemporary 120-inch Silver Dawn/Bentley Mark VI platform, with the same suspension design and drivetrains.

Bodywork for the Silver Wraith was supplied by traditional Rolls-Royce specialists -- Park Ward, H.J. Mulliner, Hooper, and others -- most with wood framing and light-alloy or steel panels. Many Wraith’s had "classic" lines, with freestanding headlamps, separate front fenders, division window between passengers and chauffeur, and the characteristic Rolls-Royce "parthenon" grille.

Complete luxury equipment was expected, and interiors were decked out with leather upholstery, wood trim, and, in a few cases, cut-glass ornaments. Displacement of Rolls-Royce's F-head six was increased to 4.5 liters in 1951, then 4.9 liters in 1955; otherwise, few mechanical changes were seen in these years.

In this era there was no doubt: these were "The Best Cars in the World."

Pluses of the 1946-1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith:

  • Classic status through 1948
  • Handcrafted bodies, individual detailing
  • Milestone status for all years
  • Opulence on a grand scale
  • Superb workmanship
  • Unbeatable Rolls-Royce cachet and exclusivity

Minuses of the 1946-1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith:

  • Body parts extinct
  • Limited performance
  • Now very costly to buy, restore, and own
  • Ponderous to drive
  • Thirsty

Production of the 1946-1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith:

  • 127-inch wheelbase: 1,144
  • 133-inch wheelbase: 639

Specifications of the 1946-1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith:
Wheelbase, inches: 127.0/133.0
Length, inches:
200.0-206.0
Weight, pounds: 4,735-5,405

Price, new
: NA

Engines for the 1946-1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
F I-6
4,257 cc (260 cid)
NA*1947-1951
F I-6
4,566 cc (279 cid)
NA*1951-1955
F I-6
4,87 cc (298 cid)
NA*
1955-1959

*Rolls-Royce customarily did not quote power or torque output

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