Rolls Royce Silver Wraith
1948 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith
Rolls Royce Silver Wraith Tyres
- From 1946 to 1953 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith fitted 6.50x17 tyres.
- We’d suggest the 6.50/7.00 x 17 Michelin D.R as it gives excellent comfort and Grip.
- Our suggested 6.50x17 alternative is 6.00/6.50 x 17 Ensign F4 as it looks like a period Dunlop.
- The recommended inner tubing for a tyre of this size is the Michelin 17/18H inner tube.
- From 1954 onwards Rolls Royce fitted 7.50x16 tyres to the Silver Wraith.
- We’d suggest the best tyre currently available in this size is the 7.50 x 16 Firestone.
- The ideal inner tube for the Silver Wraith 16” tyres is the Michelin 16F inner tube.
- This 1940’s and 1950s Silver wraith should not be confused with the later Rolls Royce Silver Wraith 2 of the late 1970s which was effectively a long-wheelbase Silver Shadow.
Rolls Royce Silver Wraith Recommended Tyres
Other Options for Rolls Royce Silver Wraith Tyres
History of the Rolls Royce Silver Wraith
The Silver Wraith was the first Rolls-Royce vehicle made following the war, produced at the Crewe plant from 1946 through 1959. The earliest cars used a 127-inch wheelbase chassis based on the pre-war Wraith, with coil-sprung independent front suspension and a semi-elliptic rear suspension with a live axle. The engine was likewise based on the Wraith, but it featured an updated cylinder head with overhead inlet and side exhaust valves with a size of 4257 cc at the time. On extended-wheelbase versions, this was raised to 4566 cc in 1951 and to 4887 cc in 1954. The braking system was a dual hydromechanical system with hydraulic front brakes and mechanical rears that used the mechanical servo from pre-war cars, which was developed by Hispano-Suiza and constructed under licence by Rolls-Royce.
The 133-inch wheelbase chassis was unveiled in 1951, and 639 were produced until 1959. The final short-wheelbase automobiles were produced in 1953. Initially, just a four-speed manual transmission was available, but in 1952, a General Motors automatic transmission was added. This was the final Rolls-Royce model to be outfitted with a wide range of bespoke coachwork developed and built by a rapidly dwindling number of professional coachbuilders.