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Rolls-Royce Wraith
(1938 - 1939)

Rolls-Royce Wraith, 1939, #WMB75, Hooper Limousine
Rolls-Royce Wraith, 1939, #WMB75, Hooper Limousine. During recent decades this Wraith has been kept in fine shape by an enthusiastic German owner who even went so far as to arrange for a set of new cylinder heads to be cast, when he found that the one on his car had to be renewed and original ones were listed 'NLA' (= No Longer Available).

Among the major refinements of the Rolls-Royce Wraith were independent front suspension to a Packard 120 design, smaller wheels and a new cross-flow cylinder head. All this made the new model clearly superior to its immediate predecessor the R-R 25/30 hp. There could be no doubt that the small Rolls-Royce variant as regards technical layout was on a par with the standard set by the much advanced Rolls-Royce Phantom III. But no more than 491 of the new chassis were produced before the start of hostilities in 1939 brought manufacture to an end. Hence the R-R Wraith couldn't prove itself a valuable contributor to the Rolls-Royce balance sheet then. During the past decades it has become a cherished collector's car.

Rolls-Royce Wraith, H.J.Mulliner Saloon
Rolls-Royce Wraith, 1939, #WMB64, H.J. Mulliner Saloon. This 'High Vision' Saloon is the property of Tom Clarke, author of "The Rolls-Royce Wraith".

Technical Data:
6 cylinder in-line engine, cast iron cylinder block; bore x stroke 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 in, capacity 4,257 cc; aluminium alloy crankcase; cast iron cross-flow cylinder head; overhead valves, single coil ignition, stand-by coil; single dry plate type clutch; 4 speed gearbox in unit with engine; hypoid bevel final drive; independent front suspension with coil springs, semi-elliptic rear springs; 4-wheel brakes servo-assisted, wheelbase 3,454.4 mm (136 in), tyre size 6.50 x 17

Rolls-Royce Wraith, Hooper Limousine
Rolls-Royce Wraith, 1939, #WEC77, Hooper Limousine. Hooper's creations were essentially British in design.

No. made:
491 Rolls-Royce Wraith

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