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1948 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.

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    Rolls Royce Silver Wraith Recommended Tyres


  1. 650/700x17 Michelin D.R.
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    6.50/7.00 x 17 Michelin D.R.

    Starting at £372.00 £310.00

  2. 600/650 x17 Ensign F4
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    6.00/6.50 x 17 Ensign F4

    Starting at £274.80 £229.00

  3. 7.50 x 16 Firestone
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    7.50 x 16 Firestone
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  4. reinforced Michelin Inner Tube
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    Michelin 16F Offset Valve Reinforced Inner Tube

    Starting at £43.20 £36.00

  5. Michelin 17/18H RET Offset Valve Inner Tube
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    Michelin 17/18H RET Offset Valve Inner Tube

    Starting at £49.20 £41.00


  6. Other Options for Rolls Royce Silver Wraith Tyres


  7. 600/650x17 Firestone
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    6.00/6.50 x 17 Firestone

    Starting at £338.40 £282.00

  8. 6.00/6.50 x 17 Firestone Whitewall
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    6.00/6.50 x 17 Firestone Whitewall

    Starting at £408.00 £340.00

  9. 600/650x17 Dunlop Fort
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    6.00/6.50 x 17 Dunlop Fort
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  10. 750x16 Dunlop D2/103
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    7.50 x 16 Dunlop D2/103
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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.


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