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Pick of the Day: 1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith, elegant classic for the holidays

The ‘Proper Motorcar’ has been restored with original Hooper limousine bodywork

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In the spirit of the holiday season, I thought why not pick a car with a festive flair and a sense of occasion no matter where you choose to go, including Christmas Eve dinner? In my eyes, nothing says sense of occasion more than a classic Rolls-Royce, and I found what might be the perfect Rolls to give yourself and your family as a present for the holidays.

The Pick of the Day is a 1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith with coachwork by Hooper, finished in Black and Green over a tan leather interior.

rolls, Pick of the Day: 1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith, elegant classic for the holidays, ClassicCars.com Journal

The Burlington, Vermont, private seller advertising this Proper Motorcar on ClassicCars.com describes it as having touring limousine coachwork, one of only 69 produced by Hooper, body-design No. 8034.

The Rolls’ special body features include a sunroof over the driver’s compartment, electric divider window, radio with hidden antenna, picnic tables, bar, rear window shade, removable vanity mirror and a rare electrically operated driver’s window.

The seller adds that in 1958, the Rolls was returned to the factory for a replacement engine, No. W.142 from vehicle No. WYA31 (original engine W137A), at which time it also received a repaint and had the original fawn cloth interior retrimmed in leather.

This car has complete documentation, along with its history of 10 owners, including the seller.  

rolls, Pick of the Day: 1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith, elegant classic for the holidays, ClassicCars.com Journal

The seller further documents a restoration of the car that happened between 2009 and 2015, which totaled $78,480. During restoration, the engine block was again replaced, this time with No. W49E from Park Ward Saloon chassis No. LWME16, which reportedly was the New York show car. All of the documentation is included in the history file for this Rolls, the seller notes.

After its comprehensive restoration, this stunning Silver Wraith vehicle won a National Award at the Rolls-Royce Owners Club Annual Meet in April 2015 at Orlando, Florida.

rolls, Pick of the Day: 1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith, elegant classic for the holidays, ClassicCars.com Journal

The 1947 Silver Wraith is one of the last truly great touring limousines from the company that built the Best Car in The World and is perfectly suited for touring and concours, as well as taking the family to that holiday dinner.

You could buy a new Rolls Phantom with all the modern amenities, but that car will set you back more than a half million dollars. This classic Rolls-Royce might lack Bluetooth connectivity and heated seats, but it is more elegant than the modern car, and the asking price is only $69,000, or best offer.

To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

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