1949 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH SEDANCA DE VILLE
COACHWORK BY H.J. MULLINER
Registration No. KXE 389
Chassis No. WGC 10
Engine No. W2 10C
Yellow and black with beige trim.
Engine; six cylinder in-line, 4,257cc giving 130bhp at 4,000rpm; Gearbox; four speed manual; Brakes; front disc, rear drum; Suspension; front, independent with with coil springs and wishbones, rear, semi-elliptic leaf springs with variable hydraulic shock absorbers. Right hand drive.
When production of the Rolls-Royce motor car restarted after the last war, they moved from the pre-war Derby works to Crewe and introduced a new departure of producing their own in-house design and a complete motor car. The first example of this was the Mk VI Bentley with a compact all-steel body which became known as the Standard Steel Saloon. The 4¼-litre engine, although of the same capacity as the pre-war engine, was an entirely new design, a B60 series developed during the war. This engine was shown with the new Rolls-Royce model, the Silver Wraith, which also used the revised cruciform braced chassis and independent coil suspension. The prime difference between the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith, the Bentley Mk VI and the similar Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn was that the former was only supplied in chassis form for coachbuilders' bodywork, whereas the Mark VI and Silver Dawn had the same standard steel bodywork, although a few of these chassis were supplied to the coachbuilders as special orders.
The Silver Wraith stayed in production for twelve years, from 1947-1959, and was at the time the company's most expensive model. It was important for Rolls-Royce to have a model that was supplied in chassis form only for coachbuilders to retain that exclusive customer individuality that had always been the hallmark of the product. H.J. Mulliner, Hooper, Park Ward, and Freestone & Webb, were the most popular coachbuilders.
This particular example is a Sedanca de Ville by H.J. Mulliner and was first registered in October 1949 to Mr Morehouse. It has been in its present ownership for approximately ten years and can best be described as a good well used and original example. It has been noted that the clutch is shortly going to require attention, however the car is running well in all other aspects.