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Rolls Royce Silver Wraith (1949-59)

March 8th, 2008 by Rolph · 1 Comment

I like the old Rolls Royce models, but they never really make my heart go faster. It is kinda strange, lit is ike you expend no less than a great looking, perfectly restored vintage car with a brand like Rolls Royce. Oh well, maybe that is why the RR brand is such a great brand 🙂 This big old Roller came rolling by in Leiden, and is obviously in service for weddings and the like. Either that, or the guy just loves to drive around with white roses on the hood 😉

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Funny enough, today is my wedding day! I am nowhere near Leiden, I am somewhere near Falkirk in Scotland, saying ‘I do’ at the appropriate questions! I could not help it, this wedding Rolls Royce just had to be a postdated posting… 🙂

I don’t know that much about RR, so straight from Wikipedia:

The Silver Wraith was the first post-war Rolls-Royce model and was made at the Crewe factory from 1946 to 1959. The first cars had a 322,6 cm wheelbase chassis, based on the one from the pre-war Wraith with coil sprung independent front suspension and semi elliptic rear with a live axle. The engine was also based on the Wraith but had a new cylinder head with overhead inlet valves and side exhaust valves and initially a capacity of 4257 cc. From 1951 this was increased to 4566 cc and in 1954 to 4887 cc on the long wheelbase models. The braking system was a hybrid hydromechanical system with hydraulic front brakes and mechanical rears using the mechanical servo from the pre-war cars.

The long, 133 inch (3378 mm), wheelbase chassis was announced in 1951 and 639 were made until 1959. The last short wheelbase cars were made in 1953. Initially only a four speed manual gearbox was offered but this was suplemented by a General Motors automatic option from 1952.

None of the cars carried factory bodies, all chassis going to independent coachbuilders.

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  • 1 Jan // Mar 16, 2008 at 20:11

    My parents ones asked me to know what car they’dd seen. It was like this one. Royce’s are superb.

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