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Rolls Royce Wraith (1938 - 1939)


Rolls-Royce Wraith, 1939, H.J. Mulliner Saloon

Among the major refinements of the Rolls-Royce Wraith were independent front suspension to a Packard 120 design, smaller wheels and a new cross-flow cylinder head. All this made the new model clearly superior to its immediate predecessor the R-R 25/30 hp. There could be no doubt that the small Rolls-Royce variant as regards technical layout was on a par with the standard set by the much advanced Rolls-Royce Phantom III. But no more than 491 of the new chassis were produced before the start of hostilities in 1939 brought manufacture to an end. Hence the R-R Wraith couldn't prove itself a valuable contributor to the Rolls-Royce balance sheet then. During the past decades it has become a cherished collector's car. 491 were built.

Wheelbase 3454 mm 136 in  
Track front 1511 mm 59.5 in  
rear 1511 mm 59.5 in  
Length 5232 mm 206 in  
Width 1880 mm 74 in  
Ground clearance 203 mm 8 in  
Kerb weight 1956 kg 4312 lb  
Fuel capacity 81.8
UK Gal
US Gal
Manufacturer Rolls-Royce
Type S-6
Wet sumped
12 valves total
2 valves per cylinder
Bore stroke 88.90mm 114.30mm
3.5 in 4.5 in
Bore/Stroke ratio 0.78
Displacement 4257 cc
(259.778 cu in)
Unitary capacity 709.5 cc/cylinder
Fuel system 1 Rolls-Royce carb
Aspiration Normal
Coolant Water
Engine location Front
Engine alignment Longitudinal
Turning circle 14.20 m
Suspension Front I.
Rear LA.SE.
Wheels F/R 4.00 x 17/4.00 x 17
Tyres F 6.50 x 17
Tyres R 6.5 x 17
Brakes F/R Dr/Dr-S
Transmission 4M
Drive RWD
Top gear ratio 1.00
Final drive ratio 4.25