1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
By Greg Warner
The Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith models were part of the post WWII era resurrection and rebuilding of the automobile industry in Europe and were produced by Rolls-Royce, LTD at their "Bentley-Crewe" plant located in Crewe, Cheshire, England. The "Silver Wraith" moniker was first introduced in 1946, as new for 1947 models and would last through the 1959 year model. The 1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith (offered here as VIN# LWVH114) was one of only a handful of the long wheelbase (133 inches) models built over the 13 year production run, where only about 1880 total vehicles were produced, of which around 639 were of the long wheelbase version (approx. 1/3 of the total production run).
The large displacement, in-line, 6-cylinder engine was increased to 4,887cc for 1954 and was coupled to a General Motors designed, four-speed automatic transmission and had a live-axle, rear-wheel drive setup with semi-elliptic springs. Hydraulic brakes were now used on all four wheels and the front suspension was of the independent type with coil springs. All the press was continually impressed with whatever came from the Rolls-Royce factory and one even stated the following in trying to sum it all up: "All the world knows that Rolls-Royce carry on an unremitting search for engineering perfection in everything they undertake. The qualities which made their aircraft engines famous, and their cars the finest procurable, are the result of hard work scientifically conducted, and of a painstaking attention to detail from the large to the most minute. And now a new range of cars is about to appear it is believed that the new cars are the best that Rolls-Royce have ever built." Brilliantly said, Ol' Chap! "Rolls-Royce Motor Cars" also boasted . . . "In common with all Rolls-Royce cars, the Silver Wraith has an indefinable something about it, a delicacy of behaviour, which escapes definition in written words. It is a car for the connoisseur in cars"!
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Here's what the fine folks at Vantage MotorWorks of North Miami, FL (888-312-6017) had to say about this awesome specimen of automobile history:
"The last of four left drives built to this very elegant design, this automatic transmission equipped specimen was first delivered to Arthur Solomon, Esq. of New York City on December 12, 1953 finished Silver over Blue with Putty hides, as it appears today. It was meant for personal use rather than livery service and was supplied with ornate walnut rear cabinetry accommodating a leaded crystal cocktail set, which remains in place. The automobile reportedly then passed to the Ali Kahn, husband of Rita Hayworth, on its way to its very long term owner, George Gordon Meade Easby. Mr.Easby was the great grandson of Civil War Union General George Gordon Meade, had paternal lineage going back to seven signatories of the American Declaration of Independence and maternal lineage in Philadelphia from 1682. Over the long family history, the members’ acquisitions matured into one of the most important collections in America, numbering over 100,000 items, many displayed in the White House and countless museums. He was a Hollywood actor, a radio host and a 25 year member of the US State Department. At one point he was named the most eligible bachelor in Philadelphia, a status in which he remained for the rest of his life. During his ownership of LWVH114, parked next to his 1935 Packard that he bought new, he showed it several times in the 1980s era at the New Hope Auto Show, winning the trophies still in the trunk. Several years after his death in 2005, the car was purchased from the estate by the most recent owner who embarked upon a sensitive reconditioning of the car, completed in 2011. These included a repaint to its original colors, fresh carpets as required, mending of the front seats and inspection and repair as necessary of all the mechanical aspects. The correct handbook, records and largely complete original tools accompany the vehicle. The odometer reading is slightly in excess of 7,000 miles, unconfirmed but likely accurate in light of the car’s pedigree and state of preservation. Further restoration to show standards if desired would present no particular challenge to any qualified facility including our own."
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Quiz-O-Da-Week: What American Icon of beauty and grace was first televised in 1954?
The "Miss America Pageant"!
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