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.
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