1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow I
Year of manufacture1965
1979 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith 4-dr Sedan
Estimate: $10,000 - $14,000
Chassis Number: LRK38273
Decoded: L=Long wheelbase; R=Rolls-Royce; K=1979 year model; 38273=Unit number
Engine: 6750 cc OHV V8
4-barrel Carburetor/220 bhp (estimated)
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
Power Assisted Four Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Odometer: 79,400 mi.
• Excellence in Design
• Proven mechanics
• Carburetor model
The Model –Continuing on the very successful platform launched with the Silver Shadow, the Silver Wraith was marketed to those looking for just a bit more luxury than the earlier model offered. The original Wraith from Rolls-Royce had been produced in the immediate post-war years from 1946 to 1958. While the “Shadow” was still performing quite well, to build excitement the long-wheel base version of the Shadow was renamed the Silver Wraith II and introduced in 1976. With the Silver Shadow setting production records for Rolls-Royce, the Wraith would only add to those numbers as customers quickly stepped up for the mini-stretch, just four inches from 119.5” to 123.5”, which was applied to the back-seat passengers. Today these Silver Wraiths are sought after and appreciated for their superb ride, luxurious appointments and motoring elegance.
The Car – During its lifetime, the Silver Shadow enjoyed a number of improvements with the apex arriving with the Series II for 1977, and all of these advancements were applied to the Silver Wraith. Improved electrics, rack and pinion steering, and dozens of little touches such as push-button headlight washers made these cars the cutting edge in luxury motoring. Finished in factory Silver Sand over Walnut, the original paint is showing a bit of aging, but it also shows a rather straight body that has never been molested. The interior finished in the standard tan leather that set these cars apart from everyday motoring, retains much of its suppleness and is quite ready to go for a ride. Occupants of this Silver Wraith are treated to beautifully finished Bird’s Eye Maple veneer on the dashboard and interior garnish moldings. All of the original gauges have been retained and it is believed that the current odometer reading is from the new. Never was so much elegant motoring offered for such as reasonable price when the cars were new, and now many years later, they can still be a luxury ride for the new owner.