Farm Rolls: 1949 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith

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One of the greatest resources any Barn Finder can ever have are leads from other car collectors. It may sound odd at times to ask someone for a lead, but it never hurts to ask. This 1949 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith was recently pulled from the previous owner’s farm, where it had been parked in their barn for the past 45 years. The seller found out about it through their mechanic, who happened to work on the car around 10 years ago. It can now be found in Tucker, Georgia and here on eBay.

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Like many manufactures at the end of World War II, Rolls-Royce’s first cars after the war were based on pre-war models. The Silver Wraith was a slightly updated version of the Wraith. As with the previous tradition, the Silver Wraith was bodied by an outside couchbuilder. This one was bodied by Hooper and constructed of aluminum. For power, the previous Wraith’s 4.3 liter inline six was updated with a new cylinder head and a much needed increase in power. The engine is currently running and the car drives, but will need new tires to be safe.

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Rolls-Royce is known for its luxurious cars and while this one is in rough shape now, it was at one time a very elegant and comfortable car to travel in. It will need extensive work to be returned to its former glory, but it appears all the major components are accounted for and could be salvaged. The previous owner had an A/C system installed at some point in time and if it was done correctly, should make it even more comfortable to travel in.

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This project could be a difficult one to take on, as parts can be hard to come by, but it should be a rewarding project to finish. There were only 1,883 of these built over the 13 years of production and there aren’t many of these Hooper bodied cars left. You never know what rare Barn Find you might discover, so remember to keep asking for leads and digging through those old barns!

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Comments

  1. FRED

    NOW THIS A A FIND I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE.IT’S BIG ENOUGH FOR ME TO GET INTO AND WITH WHAT IT NEEDS I BELIEVE I KNOW ENOUGH PEOPLE TO MAKE TIS LOOK LIKE IT DID WHEN FIRST BUILT.WHO DOESN’T WANT A ROLLS ROYCE IN THEIR DRIVEWAY ?

  2. paul

    This looks like the same model used in the James Bond Goldfinger movie?
    Nice one & I’m sure the new owner will need very deep pockets, but it will be worth it for sure.

    • Jesse

      The Goldfinger car was a Phantom III. It was equipped with a V12 and was already heavy, perfect for hailing around stashed gold!

  3. jim

    i had a Rolls in my driveway. never again. i was most happy to watch it be loaded up for the trip to the new owners. RROC it a good place to do research on them.

  4. Andy Frobig

    I think you got the bodywork description wrong. No Rolls-Royce could be made out of aluminum. Aluminium, yes.

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