For the 1956 Earls Court Motor Show in London, arguably internationally
renowned as the most important auto show of the United Kingdom, Freestone
& Webb were keen to remain on the safe side. Instead of any risk from an
experiment they decided to exhibit a Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith bodied as a
limousine to their design 3171/A.
Coachwork to such lines had met with
their clients' approval. Having made its debut in 1954 – at Earls Court
Motor Show, too – this was a sort of "bestseller" among the post-war
creations by Freestone & Webb. Indeed all in all some 15 orders for Silver
Wraith were listed. Identical as regards the basic lines though different
in proportions additional bodies were erected on chassis from Rolls-Royce
Silver Dawn and Rolls-Royce
Silver Cloud I. The considerable number of 8 for the latter plus one
On page 57 in the revised edition of "Rolls-Royce, The Classic Elegance"
two photos are shown of the original version from 1954. However no cover
for the tank filler cap set into the right rear wing is to bee seen there.
A little subterfuge by using air-brush on the “Coachbuilder’s Photos” to
achieve unspoilt lines? Or did Freestone & Webb arrange for particular
changes in details as regards their design? For their 1956 exhibit the
cover of the tank filler cap was positioned in the car’s right-side rear
panel. From the rear view photo certain styling elements from the parallel
built model, i.e. the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I are obvious, too, in form
of base plate of registration and tail lamps. And #FLW8 also shows such
relationship as regards the characteristic bumpers and overriders.
There had been a note, that the 1954 show car had been no 7-seater
limousine. This later version however with its occasional seats (stored
towards the division when not used) does permit to be described as a