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1951 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith by Hoopers


  • Coachwork by Mulliner
  • Attended 1952 Brussels show car for Rolls-Royce
  • Elegant royal blue colour scheme with wide whitewall tyres
  • Spacious interior with magnolia leather and lavish lamb’s wool carpets
  • The car appears in numerous movies and TV shows. Prominently appears in 'The Crown' (Netflix)

The Appeal

The Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith is a symbol of post-war luxury and craftsmanship. Built as the smaller car in Rolls-Royce's range, the Wraith was the first post-war Roller and an immediate hit with the well-to-do, boasting a more rigid chassis, independent front suspension and a Synchromesh gearbox. 

The example we have today, nicknamed The Blue Baron and used as a wedding hire, is particularly handsome thanks to its coachwork by Hoopers, the esteemed Royal coachbuilders to King George VI. 

This car was even showcased at the 1952 Brussels Motor Show as a mark of pride for the company - and looking at it today, there's little wonder. The royal blue colour scheme, wide whitewall tyres, and sweeping wings add to its majestic presence, while the kneeling Spirit of Ecstasy and mammoth chrome headlights complete its regal look.

Internally, the car offers a spacious and luxurious cabin with magnolia leather piped in blue and lavish lamb’s wool carpets. It's all positively palatial, and the car's current owners, a wedding hire business, have ensured that luxurious character is kept intact.

History and Paperwork

  • Registered in 1951
  • Showcased at the 1952 Brussels Motor Show
  • The DVLA records 4 previous keepers
  • In current ownership since 2019
  • Current owners are a wedding hire company who have kept it well maintained
  • Featured in numerous Movies and TV programmes it prominently appeared in 'The Crown' (Netflix), in series one and two
  • MOT exempt and last tested in 2019
  • Currently indicates 15,218 miles on a five-figure odometer
  • Supplied with original registration book, V5 document and some invoices

The Condition

  • Royal blue paintwork
  • Elegant sweeping wings extending to the back of the car provide a truly dignified aesthetic
  • Some light marks and paint loss towards the car's lower extremities
  • Slight patina to the brightwork
  • Wide contra opening door and inside step for easy access
  • Light paint loss on the door jams
  • Stylish front radiator grill topped with a kneeling Spirit of Ecstasy
  • Mammoth chrome headlights in good condition with no chips or cracks to the lenses
  • Wide whitewall tyres complement the colour scheme and look in good order
  • Underside appears in solid condition
  • Spacious interior with magnolia leather piped in blue
  • Some strong perishing to the driver's side door handle
  • Light perishing to the passenger's side front door handle
  • Some wear to the door seals
  • Light marks to the passenger arm rests
  • Lavish lamb’s wool carpets in colour-coordinated blue look in good order
  • Wooden dash presents well with all instruments clearly presented
  • Headlining carries light signs of wear

The Mechanics

  • 4.6L (280 cu in) I6 powerplant
  • 4-speed transmission
  • Engine has reportedly been very well-maintained
  • We're not aware of any mechanical faults
  • We note the presence of an oil leak to the underside
  • Car is reportedly driving well 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1951
  • Make Rolls Royce
  • Model Silver Wraith
  • Colour Dark blue
  • Odometer 15,218 Miles
  • Engine size 4566
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Colney Heath
  • Location Hertfordshire
  • Country United Kingdom

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