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 wheel base Silver Shadow.
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Rolls Royce Silver Wraith History
The Silver Wraith was the first post-war Rolls-Royce model and was made at the Crewe factory from 1946 to 1959.
The first cars had a 127 inch wheelbase chassis based on the one from the pre-war Wraith with coil sprung independent front suspension and semi-elliptic rear with a live axle. The engine was also based on the Wraith, but had a new cylinder head with overhead inlet valves and side exhaust valves and initially a capacity of 4257 cc. From 1951 this was increased to 4566 cc and in 1954 to 4887 cc on the long wheelbase models. The braking system was a hybrid hydromechanical system with hydraulic front brakes and mechanical rears using the mechanical servo from the pre-war cars, patented by Hispano-Suiza and built by Rolls-Royce under licence.
The long, 133 inch, wheelbase chassis was announced in 1951, and 639 were made until 1959. The last short wheelbase cars were made in 1953.
Initially only a four speed manual gearbox was offered, but this was supplemented by a General Motors automatic option from 1952.
This was the last Rolls-Royce model to receive a wide variety of bespoke coachwork designed and made by a rapidly declining number of specialist coachbuilders.