Motoexotica Classic Cars
2340 Cassens Dr.
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis, MO
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Series B Touring Limousine oSeldom-seen pre-war Rolls-Royce oIncluded with Chassis Card Details from Rolls-Royce Enthusiast's Club Archives oOne of 491 examples made in 1938 and 1939 oOrdered at the Brussels Car Show on 12/09/38 and completed on 4/14/39 for J.J Kino who was a Belgian diplomat oCompeting coachbuilder, A. Mulliner Ltd. in Northampton, England owned the car until October 21, 1940 o4.3L OHV straight six-cylinder engine oFour-speed manual transmission with synchromesh on second, third and fourth gears; 8x34 final drive oBlack exterior with silver trim oHooper & Company Coachwork featuring original brown front Connolly Leather upholstery with tan rear cloth upholstery. Front seats have air bladders for lumbar, lateral supports o136-inch wheelbase oFirst year of electric power for dividing window and curtain between front and back o'Bijur' automatic chassis lubrication system o'Safe-T-Flex' independent front suspension, licensed from Packard oDual side-mounted spare tires with covers oOriginal key, original toolbox is 2/3 complete; hydraulic jack system oFront and rear heaters oDual fog lights, mascot original to car, original Hermes mirror, parfum bottle and clock oDocuments include original Rolls-Royce Handbook; a copy of the Rolls-Royce Owners' Club, June 2002; hand-written diagrams and printed ones related to vehicle systems; parts and service invoices; a copy of "The Flying Lady," May 2004; a black-and-white photo of the car, probably commissioned by Hooper that is in the South Kensington Science Museum; Hooper Coachbuilders Treasures in the Denver Public Library Stately, formal and dripping with status, pre-World War II Rolls-Royces have a look unmatched by any other car. One glance and you know what this car is and what it was designed to do. This 1939 Wraith Touring Limousine Series B was one of 491 examples made during 1938 and 1939 and it retains its complete and original interior, which is an exceedingly rare find on a car from the 1930s! Made in Derby, England, the order was made December 9, 1938 at the Brussels Car Show, R-R began chassis fabrication on December 12, 1938 and it was delivered to Hooper & Company Coachwork on February 1, 1939. The instruction book, in English and French, were issued to Hooper's on February 21, 1939. The original owner was a J.J. Kino, Esq. in Belgium. The second owner was a curious turn, someone at a competing coachbuilder, A. Mulliner Ltd. in Northampton, England owned the car until October 21, 1940. Next, an Eric Fox of Fox's Glacier Mints, Ltd. in Leicester owned it from October 28, 1940 until September 7, 1948 then an R. J. Metcalfe of Leicester bought it on October 19, 1953. Between 1953 and 2012, ownership records are unknown. On March 21, 2012, a Steven B. in Michigan bought the car. Dressed in black augmented with silver doors and fenders, the paint and trim are in overall excellent order, as expected. The vehicle's windows are clear and intact, its lights are haze-free and original, with two large foglights perched above the front bumper and below the owl-like dual headlights. Atop the radiator, the mascot is original to the car. There are dual, side-mounted spare tires mounted in the front fenders. Rolls-Royce did not begin making its own car bodies until 1949. This example's coachwork is from Hooper & Company, as noted above. The details are present for those who take the time to examine them. For example, the aluminum door handles mimic the overall body shape; this is an intentional and unusual design feature. Both underside panels are intact, too. The coachwork is straight and solid and the chrome bumpers are in excellent order. This car still has his original key, its original toolbox is two-third complete and it has a hydraulic jack system but the wipers are inoperable. This car rolls on Lester Company tires, size 6.00/6.50-17 at all four corners. Each tire is mounted on a steel wheel, topped by steel wheel disc covers. The wheel covers are in very good order while the tires are in good, original condition. The 4.3L inline six-cylinder, overhead valve engine was based on that of the 25/30 but featured a cross flow cylinder head, which placed the inlet and exhaust valves opposite one another. The four-speed gearbox has synchromesh on second, third and fourth speeds and retained the traditional right-hand gear change. The Wraith was the first year and model to feature an independent, coil sprung front suspension based on the "Safe-T-Flex" design from Packard's 120 and under license. It used an unequal upper and lower A-arm type with the largest possible lower A-arm composed of two different arms bolted together at a ninety-degree angle. Advantages claimed for the system included superior maintenance of wheel alignment from the wide spread of the lower A-arm, a permanent fixing of the caster angle, and an increased
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