The ex-Paris Salon 1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith 'Teviot' Touring Limousine Coachwork by Hooper & Co Registration no. DH-50-70 (Netherlands Registered) Chassis no. WVH16 Engine no. W15H
Rolls-Royce's first post-war model, the Silver Wraith employed a chassis similar to that of the MkVI Bentley, though with a 7" longer wheelbase. The 'Wraith however, was only offered with traditional coachbuilt bodies rather than the MkVI's pioneering 'standard steel' bodywork. Powering Rolls-Royce's post-war range was a new 4,257cc six-cylinder engine of cast-iron, monobloc construction with aluminium cylinder head featuring overhead inlet and side exhaust valves. A four-speed manual gearbox with synchromesh was standard initially, an automatic option (for export models only at first) not becoming available until 1952, at which time the engine was enlarged to 4,566cc and a long-wheelbase version introduced. There was a further capacity increase, to 4.9-litres, in 1954. Production ceased in 1959, by which time 1,780 chassis had been completed.
The last word in motoring luxury in its day, this Silver Wraith was specially built for the Paris Salon and has some special features. As can be seen on the chassis card details supplied by the R-REC, this right-hand drive car was built for use in France and fitted at the factory with a speedometer reading in kilometres. On Rolls-Royce's instructions, the undersides of the bonnets of the Paris Salon cars had to be painted pale cream, as can be seen in the file. We are advised that the Hooper archive contains further important information.
The Silver Wraith was sold at the Paris Salon by Franco Britannic Automobiles (the French Rolls-Royce importer) to a Mrs Samuel W Dittenhofer, a resident of the famous Hotel 'Le Bristol' in Paris. Around 1971 the car was imported into the UK and owned by Mr Philippe Bertin Mourot. In 1987 it was offered for sale by a Mr Gerald Stanley Weller and purchased by the current vendor, the odometer reading at that time being approximately 55,000 kilometres. Some 44,000 kilometres have been added to the total since acquisition and the Wraith is presented fully serviced and ready to be enjoyed by its fortunate new owner. We are advised that the bodywork is very original and free of rust and accidents, while the interior is totally original and has never been restored. Understandably, there is some wear to the driver's seat, but otherwise the car needs no attention and is said to drive very well. Currently registered in the Netherlands, it comes complete with owner's handbook, tools and UK V5 registration document.