For your consideration, a very original, numbers matching example of a 1953 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith. This is likely to be the nicest Rolls Royce Silver Wraith that has come to market; the originality, meticulous maintenance, and documentation are unparalleled. Manufactured in the United Kingdom and purchased new from the renowned Jack Barclay LTD showroom floor in 1953 by the first owner, The Right and Honorable Dowager the Viscountess Margaret Selina Boyne of Shropshire. This Silver Wraith has extensive documentation from the day it was purchased, where and when it was serviced, and throughout its journey overseas to Los Angeles, California where it has resided, titled and registered, since November 3rd 1970. It still maintains its original stamped registration book from the United Kingdom, MOT certificates, service handbook, and owner’s manual.
This Rolls Royce has been upheld to the highest standard by the first owners’ chauffer. Always garaged and regularly serviced. In 1964 it is noted by the first owner that the car went back to Jack Barclay Service to have the engine and rear axle overhauled, and the exhaust manifold replaced with new. In 1970 the car was sold to Ken Davis Motors LTD in the UK, after which it was sold to the current owners’ great aunt and brought overseas, arriving in California in 1970 as previously mentioned. The car was sparingly driven since its arrival to the states, and not driven to any extent from 1990 to 2002. After sitting, in 2002 the car was sent to the British Auto Specialists in Costa Mesa California, where it had its brakes overhauled, gas tank overhauled, complete tune up and lube service, removed and replaced the radiator with new, along with new cooling hoses, thermostat, sending unit, and water pump. The tires were also replaced at this time. In April 2018 the Wraith was serviced and checked over thoroughly.
From cold this Silver Wraith 4566 cc engine starts right up without missing a beat. The sound of the engine is healthy, quiet, and smooth as only a Rolls Royce can be. This long wheelbase Wraith has been paired with a 4 speed manual gearbox which shifts perfectly without any grinding of gears. The clutch operates nicely. The brakes work properly including the handbrake. Steering is tight and responsive. Electrically, the gauges, headlights, tail lights, brake lights, trafficators, horn push, interior lights, all function properly.
Finished in a beautiful deep velvet green with beige interior, this Rolls Royce is completely original. Amazingly the exterior paint is in great condition and all original with the exception of some touch up paint on the wheel arches and it was noted that the front right wing had been repaired back in 1970 before leaving the UK. The gold pinstriping on the body of the car is fading in places, but doesn’t take away from the curb appeal whatsoever. The chrome grille, bonnet latches, and exterior trim pieces are complete and exquisite. All glass is clear without scratches or any other imperfections.
The interior crafted by H.J. Mulliner is beige in color and in very acceptable condition considering its age. The original leather seats show some wear and are starting to fall apart at the seams. The carpets are tidy throughout the cab and trunk space, and the headliner is excellent. The interior wood venire is exceptional without any cracking or peeling making it evident that this Rolls Royce has been kept away from any unpleasant weather. The dash is complete and beautiful with all gauges and instruments intact. Under the dash you can find the original Silver Wraith handbook along with a completely intact tool kit and spare parts case. The interior light functions properly along with all the lights on the dash. The interior chrome has also been well kept. The trunk space is complete with original tools, European license plates, and spare tire and wheel.
To sum up, this Rolls Royce is a magnificent example of a very original timeless classic. It is rare that you can find a car that has the entire history in order and documented from the beginning. Quite simply put, you won’t ever have to wonder.
Price: $53,000 negotiable