Friday, December 18, 2020

1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Inskip Convertible

4,257cc F-head inline 6-cylinder engine. Stromberg carburetor. 4-speed manual gearbox. Independent front suspension with coil springs. Live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs. 4-wheel servo-assisted drum brakes.

Thomas Manville Jr. was a man of extravagant tastes. The industrial heir who inherited a $10 million fortune in 1925 at the age of 31 was married 13 times to 11 different women, and he was equally enthusiastic about his automobiles. This Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith was a favorite of his.
Completed in 1947 in Crewe, England, the chassis was specified for the U.S. and delivered to New York Rolls-Royce distributor and coachbuilder J.S. Inskip. It cost a staggering $22,500. Manville put the car up for sale in 1952, whereupon the New York Times described it as the “most expensive Rolls-Royce convertible ever sold in the USA.”
Chassis number WZB36, the second and last Inskip drophead coupe, made $570k in 2017. The car is estimated at $700k to $800k.