1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith120.000-180.000 EUR - Estimate

Rolls-Royce Wraith faux-cabriolet Vanvooren

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Japanese title
Customs clearance for EU
Chassis n° WEC 14
Engine n° N2 WC
Carrosserie Vanvooren n°2987

- Volante collection
- Highly elegant, unique body
- Prestigious history
- Impeccable condition

Reference Number 512963

as of 1/17/2018

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Salon Rétromobile Hall 1  Phone  +33 1 42 99 20 56  City  Porte de Versailles
75015 Porte de Versailles  Fax  +33 1 42 99 16 39  State  Paris
France  Mobile    Country  France France
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Car 1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith
VIN WEC 14 
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Known History

On 17 May 1939, two orders were placed with Rolls-Royce through Franco Britannic in Paris, on behalf of Mr Aaròn Félix Paz de Anchorena Castellanos, owner of the SUDAMTEX, a South American textile company based in Buenos Aires. These were for two Rolls-Royce Wraiths bodied by Vanvooren, one a Limousine and the other a Faux Cabriolet. The first of these was bought for the wife of Don Aaròn, Zelmira Paz de Gainza y de Anchorena, and the second is the car offered in the sale. The chassis was sent to the Vanvooren workshops in Courbevoie in July 1939, and the completed car was delivered on 1 October 1939. It was the final client delivery carried out by the coachbuilder before war broke out, and the two Rolls-Royces were shipped to Buenos Aires in 1940.

 

 

Aaròn de Anchorena was an unconventional character. In 1901, driving a Panhard-Levassor, he won the first race organised in Buenos Aires, and he was the first person to hold a pilot's licence in Argentina. He lived in Paris between 1902 and 1916, and in 1933 he married Zelmira Paz de Gainza, heir to the Argentinian paper La Prensa. The couple enjoyed an active social life in their second home in Paris, mixing with the capital's jet-set during the roaring Twenties.

After Don Aaròn and his wife had died, the two Rolls-Royces passed to Ernesto Hilding Ohlsson, president of the "Club de Automóviles Clásicos de Argentina", who displayed them in his private museum in Buenos Aires. In 1986, the Faux Cabriolet was bought by Daniel Raúl Barrera, a well-known Argentinian collector, who kept the car for 20 years at his Canadian residence, participating in several concours d'élégance events. The car then came to the attention of a Japanese businessman Tadabumi Takasu, who succeeded in acquiring it for his own collection. He also entered the car in various concours events including Kyoto (2009, Best of Show), Tokyo (2010) and Kuwait (2011). In March 2013, this Rolls-Royce Wraith entered the Volante Collection in Germany. It was entered in the Schloss Dyck concours d'élégance the same year and won second in class.

 

The highly elegant coachwork is in lovely condition. The car is in good mechanical condition, having had work carried out in Japan, and benefitting from regular maintenance since joining the Volante Collection.

This magnificent car boasts an array of special features that deserve a mention: it is the only Faux Cabriolet of seven Wraiths to be bodied by Vanvooren, it was the last car to be bodied and delivered by Vanvooren before the Second World War, it uses special lightweight steel from Sweden, the quarterlights have a special opening mechanism, it has its original engine (matching numbers), it appears in the book Rolls-Royce Wraith, by Tom C. Clarke and it has transparent history.

In addition, this Wraith comes with its owner's manual, Rolls-Royce factory build sheet, and a miniature version in wood (1:6, 95cm long) made by a Japanese artist. Equipped with a six-cylinder, 4.2-litre engine, some 492 examples of the Wraith were built. Dressed in this exclusive body and with an illustrious past, the example on offer is unquestionably one of the best available.

 

The cars in the Volante collection have been extremely well looked after and conserved. However, it must be stressed that these are museum exhibits that have not been driven much in recent years, and will therefore require a routine inspection and service before use.