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Rolls-Royce - Silver Wraith - 1955

Rolls-Royce - Silver Wraith - 1955

Specific history of the car:

The car was built in 1955. It is a Silver Wraith limousine in good overall condition, with original bodywork by James Young London.

The car was ordered in 1954 by a music promoter from London, the car was delivered on 8 September 1955 by Jack Barclay Ltd London W1. The Wraith was ordered with Silver Dawn headlights, an electrically operated glass partition, hip flasks and shot glasses, these are still in the car as you can see in the photos.

There is a copy of this well-known music promoter’s obituary from The Guardian, it states that he used his Rolls-Royce limousine to deliver flowers to the secretary of the Marty Wilde Fan Club.

Some time after 1973 (date unknown), the Rolls-Royce was exported to the US and later became part of a collection of cars owned by Randolph W Jones from Berryville, Virginia. The accompanying history file from this period contains details of repairs and restoration work carried out by Randolph Jones for a total amount of more than $20,000 (invoices available).

On 7 August 2009, Mr Jones sold the Rolls-Royce to an Englishman (invoice available), since then it was part of the owner’s fleet of wedding cars and was only used for weddings. When purchased in 2009, the body was repainted from primrose over garnet to silver grey (photo of the car in its original colour is available).

The carpets were replaced but the interior leather remained original. The new English owner ensured the car was classified as a vehicle of historical interest by the HMRC (the UK tax authorities, documents available). We bought the car in December 2014 and imported it in Belgium from the UK (invoice available). Before the car was put into use, it had a major service worth €5,235 (invoice available), the 4 tyres were replaces for €1,434 (invoice available), from then on the car was occasionally used for tourist outings.

Generally in satisfactory condition, with no known mechanical or electrical problems, the car comes with the above mentioned invoices, copy of chassis cards.

The car is currently in Poperinge, Belgium, and can always be viewed by appointment before placing a bid.

Brand Rolls-Royce
Model Type Silver Wraith
Year 1955
Located in Belgium
Body style Limousine
Mileage reading 94673 mi
Registration papers with Belgian registration
Transmission Semi-automatic
Fuel Petrol
Colour Grey
Horse Power 142
Cubic capacity 4.9
Matching numbers No
Matching colours No
Service book/history No
Valid MOT Yes
Condition (Paint & Body) 3 - Good: may require conventional body and paintwork. May require replacement of parts
Condition (Interior) 3 - Good: shows signs of normal wear and usage. May require repair or replacement of parts
Condition (Frame & underbody) 3 - Good: frame/structure shows minor signs of surface rust, signs of usage/wear, may require some attention
Condition (Mechanical) 3 - Good: mechanically sound. May require maintenance and repair
Condition (Overall) 3 - Good condition: visible signs of wear and general ageing
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