1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith

Sports Saloon by James Young.

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1953
  • Car type 
    Saloon
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Original condition
  • Interior colour 
    Red
  • Number of doors 
    4
  • Number of seats 
    4
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Silver
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

In April 1946 Rolls-Royce introduced the new Silver Wright. It was company’s first motorcar after exhausting WWII. In former Merlin engine factory they built this captivating 25/30 hp successor and it was last Rolls-Royce model to be supplied as a “chassis only”. “In a world of shattered monetary values and yet much-improved cars, the Rolls-Royce still stands alone. Perhaps the most striking general thought in considering this supreme machine today is that it has a name more universally honored as a symbol of quality than that of any manufactured product.” – The Autocar, 9th December 1949.
Our car
This elegant Silver Wraith saloon was completed in 1953 by regarded and well-known coachbuilder James Young. The long-wheelbase chassis number ‘BLW64’ still bears its matching numbers 4.566 cc engine introduced in 1952. As a new, this car was ordered by Irish-born inventor and aviation pioneer Harry Ferguson, who specify this unusually beautiful, wellproportioned bodywork at The British International Motor Show on a stand of Jack Barclay. Today the car is pre- served in outstanding condition with original maroon leather and maroon cord cloth interior, 4-speed Hydramatic auto- matic gearbox and lot of correspondence between Harry Ferguson, Jack Barclay and A. F. McNeil (James Young’s chief designer).