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1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith140,000 USD

1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Sedanca de Ville

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One of Eight Silver Wraiths Bodied by Carrosserie Franay, Built to the Order of Greek Shipping Magnate Aristotle Onassis, Elegant Sedanca de Ville Coachwork, Desirable Left-Hand-Drive Chassis, Traditional Rolls-Royce Qualities Paired with French Flair

Reference Number 700186

as of 8/19/2022

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Gooding & Company - Pebble Beach  Contakt  Locatie
Pebble Beach Equestrian Center Portola Road & Stevenson Drive  Phone  310-899-1960  City  Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach, CA 93953  Fax  310-526-6594  State  California
United States  Mobile    Country  United States United States
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Car 1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
VIN LWME58 
Configuration Links gestuurd (LHD) 
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Known History

 

Of the 1,883 Silver Wraiths built, just eight examples were bodied by Carrosserie Franay of Paris. Factory records on file indicate this car, chassis LWME58, was ordered by Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis “For use in France” with delivery specified to the glamorous Le Meurice hotel in Paris. As such, it is a rare left-hand-drive chassis equipped with a speedometer reading in kilometers.

 

The car made its way to the US during the 1970s and benefited from a multiyear restoration that was completed in 2003. Its black paintwork is complemented by a deep red tone used on the rear doors and quarter panels. The razor-edge roofline styling is repeated on the rear deck and trunk lid, while the flowing front fenders extend to the trailing edge of the rear doors. The Sedanca de Ville design features a stowable canopy over the chauffeur’s compartment, center-hinged doors, and cutaway rear wheel spats. Tan leather upholstery is used throughout the interior, complemented by ornate woodwork on the dashboard and door panels. The chauffeur’s partition divider provides privacy for rear-seat passengers, and is fitted with dual writing tables and occasional seats.

 

This offering pairs Rolls-Royce mechanicals with Franay’s signature design, yielding a most elegant Sedanca de Ville that will surely provide its next owner with miles of distinctive motoring pleasure.