1951 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith

Hooper Limo, 35 Year Owned in SoCal, Beautifully Restored!

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This is lovely Rolls-Royce limo that has been dealer serviced for decades. It exudes love and attention.

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We are pleased to present “Zelda”, a 1951 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Hooper Touring Limousine (chassis No. WOF17) that is a rust-free and beautiful example that has enjoyed the same owner for the past 35 years. WOF17 is a Hooper Touring Limousine with Body Design No. 8283. Zelda is one of 15 examples of this body design built during 1951.

The white livery is in excellent condition with beautiful luster and shine. Although an older repaint, there are no scratches, dents or areas where the paint has been rubbed through. There are only a few small chips where the hood opens, most of which have been touched up. The white paint is complemented by proper burgundy coach stripes. The chrome and stainless trim are all excellent, with the exception of the passenger side rear wheel cover trim ring which has peeling and imperfections. The radiator shell has the expected light scratches in the stainless. We love the style of the Hooper-designed rear quarter light glass. And the Lucas P100 headlights are beautiful and give the car an imposing and formal pre-War appearance.

The burgundy leather is soft and supple with only minimal wear present. There are no rips or tears. Matching burgundy seat belts have been added for four passengers. The wood grain is beautifully contrasted and is in very nice condition. There are no noticeable cracks or issues, it is in overall very good to excellent condition. The matching burgundy Wilton wool carpeting is done just right and in very good condition.

The interior has a multitude of custom features, including leather padded tables for rear seat occupants, foot rests, a built-in wood cabinet for cocktail requisites or other vanity items, a World Radio, etc. The tool kit is nearly complete and is under the passenger side glove box and the Owner’s Manual is in the glove box.  The antenna comes with the car but is not mounted since it doesn’t retract and would be difficult to clear a normal garage door.

The engine runs perfectly.  On December 4th, 2020, we operated it for about 30-35 minutes.  The oil pressure was excellent.  After 30 minutes, the oil pressure reading was 22-24 pounds at idle and 34 pounds at 50 mph.  The operating temperature ranged from 70 to 80 degrees C with an ambient temperature of about 72 degrees F.  All the instruments, including the low fuel light warning, work great.   Ask us how we know about the low fuel warning!  The turn signals and semaphores all work as they should.  Overall, Zelda is a delight to drive in every respect.  She handles well and effortlessly keeps up with modern traffic.  And the power assisted brakes work beautifully.

HISTORY OF WOF17
Zelda was purchased new by Mr. D. King who was by then running the publicly traded automotive and industrial equipment manufacturer George W. King Ltd. In Stratford, London. On July 29th, 1966, Mr. PB Williamson of Wimbledon, London purchased the Rolls from Frank Dale & Sons, trading in his 1939 Rolls-Royce. A copy of this sales invoice is included with the motorcar.

By the 1980’s the Rolls had been imported to Southern California. The professional golfer, Gene Littler, enjoyed the Rolls in his collection of about 20 collector cars located in the San Diego area. He had 29 PGA Tour Tournament wins, eight PGA Championship wins and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1990. Mr. Littler just passed away in February 2019. By 1984, Mr. Littler traded the Silver Wraith into the Rolls-Royce dealership in order to acquire a Rolls-Royce Tiger Hunt motorcar. San Diego Ltd, the authorized San Diego area Rolls-Royce dealership, then offered WOF17 for sale, having accumulated about 52,000 miles. It is quite rare for Rolls-Royce dealerships to sell what was at that time a 33 year old motorcar. The Rolls was a beautiful example that had received a thorough restoration. Mr. TJ Moore also from the San Diego area purchased the Rolls for $52,000, which in 1984 was a handsome sum of money. He has enjoyed and maintained the Rolls ever since. Nearly all of the servicing since Mr. Moore acquired the Rolls has been performed by Symbolic Motor Cars. The odometer presently reads 57,185.

The Rolls is now available for inspection in our Phoenix, AZ showroom. Please call or text Harry Clark at +1.602.245.7200 or email us at harry@classicpromenade.com. We are pleased to help arrange transport worldwide.

1951 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith

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We just got back from driving Zelda for about 35 minutes. She drives beautifully and further comments have been entered into the description. But the oil pressure and temps were all on the money. Look for some new photos and videos tomorrow. Classic Promenade

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1951 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1951 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith

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VIN WOF17
BODY STYLE limousine
MILES 57200
GEARBOX 4-Speed
DOORS 4
INT COLOR Red Leather
EXT COLOR White
YEAR 1951
LOCATION Phoenix, AZ
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Location Arizona
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Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith

Interesting Fact: The Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith is a four-door saloon style vehicle that was produced by the company from 1946 to 1958. In accordance with the typical trend of Rolls-Royce vehicles, only 1,883 units were produced over those years; creating a natural rarity for the vehicle. Under the hood, Rolls-Royce postwar straight six engine was…
Interesting Fact: The Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith is a four-door saloon style vehicle that was produced by the company from 1946 to 1958. In accordance with the typical trend of Rolls-Royce vehicles, only 1,883 units were produced over those years; creating a natural rarity for the vehicle. Under the hood, Rolls-Royce postwar straight six engine was added along with a four-speed manual transmission (automatic transmission became available for the model starting in 1952). This model was based heavily upon the prewar Rolls-Royce wraith that was only in production for a single year. Over the years, the Silver Wraith has been used by quite a number of famous members of society. In fact, this vehicle is still the Presidential car for both the Irish and Brazilian presidents. It also has been used as the Royal Dutch State Limousine and been featured in many movies. This widespread fame has always made the Silver Wraith popular, but it is more so now due to its status as a classic vehicle!

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