Rolls Royce Silver Wraight WTA45 Saoutchik (1:43, Ilario)

  • Rolls Royce Silver Wraight WTA45 Saoutchik (from 1947)
  • Ilario
  • 1:43
  • Showcase model / No engine
  • schwarz/beige (brilliant finish)
  • Limited to 170 pieces
  • Perfect mint condition
  • Original package exists
  • Not for sale
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The Silver Wraith was the first postwar Rolls-Royce model and was made at the Crewe factory from 1946 to 1959. The engine was based on the prewar Rolls-Royce Wraith but was increased to 4.3 liters and later 4.6 liters. This was the last Rolls-Royce model to be delivered as a chassis only so it received a wide variety of bespoke coachwork.

This particular Silver Wraith with chassis number WTA45, was ordered by Sir John Gaul of London and was initially sent to Freestone & Webb for its coachwork. Sir John had owned the Freestone & Webb-bodied Phantom III called 'Copper Kettle' and he initially wanted a similar body for his new car. But then he changed his mind and the Silver Wraith was sent to Saoutchik in Paris. The car was awarded Best of Show at the Monte Carlo Concours in 1948. After some styling changes it has been restored to its 1948 specification.

The ownership history is complete. In 2008, it was acquired in a disassembled and unhappy condition from a California family, who had attempted the restoration over a 25-year period. The restoration was completed by Vantage Motors of Miami in time for the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance where this car captured a class trophy in its show debut.

The Silver Wraith was constantly refined during its production. The engine was replaced wîth the 'big bore' 4,566cc in 1951 and automatic transmission was offered as an option in 1952.

Once again the press raved about the car. 'All the world knows that Rolls-Royce carry on an unremitting search for engineering perfection in everything they undertake. The qualities which made their aircraft engines famous, and their cars the finest procurable, are the result of hard work scientifically conducted, and of a painstaking attention to detail from the large to the most minute. And now a new range of cars is about to appear it is believed that the new cars are the best that Rolls-Royce have ever built.'

The Silver Wraith was described like this: 'In common wîth all Rolls-Royce cars, the Silver Wraith has an indefinable something about it, a delicacy of behaviour, which escapes definition in written words. it is a car for the connoisseur in cars'.
Source - Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Author: wolfram

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