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Car of the Month - March 2017
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith, 1951, #WME14,
4-Door 4-Seater Tourer


Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1951 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith, #WME14. The well balanced design makes this an impressively elegant motor car. Hooper's craftsmen created the coachwork  from aluminium panels.

When Rolls-Royce started to produce motor cars again after the end of hostilities the company did not compromise on their pre-war standards: only material of highest quality was accepted and ayn work performed painstakingly careful. There is good reason why Silver Wraith that are properly serviced are considered to be indestructible. Nowadays though there is a difference between cars which do run and those performing to Rolls-Royce's  standard. On a car that is some 60 years old there is no guarantee that never a part due to wear might cause repair or a unit needs to become substituted.

With exceptional care this Touring Limousine by Hooper that had been garaged 'mothballed' since the 80ies was serviced before from 2010 onward the car was used occasionally for tours again. The chassis after thorough 'dry-ice-cleaning' became treated with rust-proofing and new paint. New flexible tank-pipe and the petrol pumps were fitted because a certain percentage of ethanol is added to modern petrols. This is an ingredient that can attack rubber that was produced in the past and thus can do harm to petrol-hoses and petrol pump diaphragms. The radiator's core and the water pump were exchanged for new units and the engine compartment was up-dated.

Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1951 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith, #WME14. Front suspension after 'dry-ice-cleaning' and 'Brunox'-treatment.

An increasing problem with cars from the early post-war period is one that forced to change the cylinder heads on a considerable number of pre-war cars: electrolytic corrosion. Infant signs were found when the cylinder head was taken off and checked. Not too serious such could be repaired. However by coincidence an exchange unit was acquired and that was fitted to the engine of #WME14. During such action all the coolant-passages of the engine were cleaned and thus for the foreseeable future there will be no risk of thermal stress. As the carburettor had been taken off anyway that was overhauled, too, with a complete set of new gaskets. The old cylinder head repaired and pressure-tested was stored as a spare part. There might be need for that after another 60+ years will have passed?

Further examples of the care that was imperative to keep this car in fine condition: The tyres although showing full profile and no external signs of wear became changed due to their age; 5 new white wall tyres and matching hoses were fitted. Each and any of the hoses of the coolant system was substituted by a new one. This included the hoses that feed the car-heater, a separate unit with a two-stage blower mounted under the front passenger's seat.

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Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1951 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith, #WME14. A view of chassis, front supsension etc., cleaned, primed and painted.

The car is running so perfectly well as to be expected from a product of Rolls-Royce. And it is clean even in those 'hidden areas' which are not seen at a quick glance. Far more than simply 'tender loving care' - this was no minor investment, neither in labour nor cash. Not least because correct spare parts are not inexpensive. Thus is reflected in the price-level for Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith which have been kept in fine fettle regardsless of cost in EURO these are now usually 6 figures. This righthand-drive Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith, #WME14, is offered for sale at a price of 106.000 Euro (ca. 90,000 Pound Sterling). If you are interested more details will be submitted on an enquiry to

Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1951 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith, #WME14. Outward appearance and interior are of exceptionally pleasant standard. Arguably even more important to enjoy long distance tours behind the steering wheel or as a passenger is the standard of technical components, i.e. chassis, drivetrain, steering and brakes which were kept constantly on top level.