<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H

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1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon
Coachwork by Vincents of Reading
Chassis no. WVH3
Engine no. W3H

Sold for US$ 44,000 inc. premium
1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon
Coachwork by Vincents of Reading

Chassis no. WVH3
Engine no. W3H
4,566cc F-Head Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Downdraft Carburetor
Approximately 125bhp
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Front Suspension – Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*Richly appointed inside and out
*Built new for the 1952 Earls Court Motor Show
*Ordered new by and for Vincents
*Superior waftability


THE ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH

Rolls-Royce's first post-war model, the Silver Wraith, debuted in late 1946 and employed a chassis similar to that of the Silver Dawn and MkVI Bentley, though with a 7" longer wheelbase at 10' 7". The Wraith, however, was only intended for traditional coachbuilt bodies rather than the MkVI's pioneering 'standard steel' bodywork. Only the bore and stroke dimensions were shared with the pre-war overhead-valve Wraith engine, the major advantage of this 'F-head' layout being its large valves and generous water jacketing around the valve seats. Manufacture of the short-wheelbase Wraith ceased in 1952, with a total production of 1,144; the long-wheelbase version continued until the introduction of the Phantom V in 1959, by which time 639 chassis had been completed.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This unique and stylish Wraith is the last Rolls ever bodied by the coachbuilder Vincents of Reading. Opening their doors in 1805 as a carriage coachbuilder, Vincents would body their first car in 1899 and their first Rolls-Royce a mere seven years later. Peaking in the 1920s as one of the largest coachbuilders for both luxury cars as well as commercial vehicles, by the mid-1950s the company had left the body building business. One of seven Wraiths Vincents would body, according to factory build records this car was ordered by the coachbuilder and specifically constructed for the 1952 Earls Court Motor Show in October of 1952. It was subsequently delivered to Vincents's showroom on November 19th, 1952.

The Wraith would remain with Vincents as a prime example of the crisp designs and high quality of craftsmanship until October 14th, 1960 when the car was sold to F. Ashe Lincoln of London, WVH3's first private owner. The car eventually made its way to the U.S. where it was registered in July of 1975 to Mr. Drew Anderson in Easton, Pennsylvania. While the car was registered in Pennsylvania, it was stored in New York. Mr. Anderson was an infrequent user and the car languished in storage for decades, eventually ending up cocooned under a wall of boxes. When the car was discovered in 2008, it was very much as it was last parked and nicely preserved.

Since the vendor's acquisition of WVH3 seven years ago, it has been sparingly used but kept in good running order. Retaining its original, rich dark red leather and walnut-trimmed interior, it was likely the subject of repaint sometime prior to its penultimate owner's care. Replete with luxurious touches like an in-dash RCA radio, rear-seat picnic tables, sliding sunroof, and an interior switch actuated trunk lid, it is clear that this was built to represent the pinnacle of Vincents' coachbuilding abilities and as a last hurrah to their near half-century bodying Rolls-Royces.

A rare opportunity to acquire a post-WWII example of a Vincents-bodied Rolls, this well appointed former show car will certainly find favor wherever it is driven or shown.
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<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
<B>1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Razor-Edge Sport Saloon<BR />Coachwork by Vincents of Reading</B><BR />Chassis no. WVH3<BR />Engine no. W3H
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