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 Post subject: Hooper Rolls Royce Silver Wraith
PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:43 pm 
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Hooper Rolls Royce Silver Wraith:
the designs are of 8034, the so called pre-Teviot Touring Saloon, Hooper's first offering after the war on the Silver Wraith. Two options were suggested for the rear seat as shown.
WDC25 is a Teviot Touring Limousine which had a bit of a problem in trafic, and it was returned to Hooper for a full coachwork rebuild.


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 Post subject: Re: Hooper Rolls Royce Silver Wraith LWB
PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:51 pm 
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Hooper Rolls Royce Silver Wraith LWB


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 Post subject: Hooper Rolls Royce Silver Wraith
PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 5:47 pm 
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Nubar Gulbenkian was an excentric petrol tycoon who did several strange comissions on Rolls Royce mostly accepted by Hooper. This is one of the firsts Silver Wraith. Don't know the chassis number. Does somebody knows anything else?


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 Post subject: Re: Hooper Rolls Royce for Nubar Gulbenkian
PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:16 pm 
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WTA62, supplied October 1947 with body 9278, design 8141 amended as 8152, this car certainly survived in the UK, probably Jersey. It was for sale with a dealer who specialised in cars needing restoration, and this car was no exception. Hopefully it will be properly restored as it is an interesting car bristling with innovations.


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 Post subject: Re: Hooper Rolls Royce for Nubar Gulbenkian
PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:09 pm 
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robgeelen wrote:
WTA62, supplied October 1947 with body 9278, design 8141 amended as 8152, this car certainly survived in the UK, probably Jersey. It was for sale with a dealer who specialised in cars needing restoration, and this car was no exception. Hopefully it will be properly restored as it is an interesting car bristling with innovations.

Thank you again Rob. I'll post another Gulbenkian SW you surely know LCA39 also by Hooper. Do you know how many RR did he "designed" ? I think there are two SW more one of them perspex.


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 Post subject: Re: Hooper Rolls Royce for Nubar Gulbenkian
PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 9:15 am 
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This is a Silver Cloud II LWB Touring Saloon by Park Ward, which has been modified by F.L.M. Panelcraft (Hooper has closed its coachbuilding operations by then). It still exists, I think it is in Germany. It used to be two tone greyish, not white.

Nubar Gulbenkian was a prolific customer, but he ordered not that many cars: apart from the early Hooper Sedanca de Ville, he had ALW 11, a 1952 Silver Wraith Allweather Open Tourer by Hooper - which was sold on quickly and in Nigeria by 1955 where it still is -, ALW47 a 1953 Sedanca de Ville by Hooper - in stock with Frank Dale, and LELW74 1956 Silver Wraith Perspex Top Saloon by Hooper - also in stock with Frank Dale.
Later he had a London taxi chassis clothed with a Brougham de Ville body, also Panelcraft, I think.
Perhaps others know of more, I do not think he ever ordered a Phantom V...


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 Post subject: Re: Hooper Rolls Royce for Nubar Gulbenkian
PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2009 10:46 pm 
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Let's finish this odd topic if you want by posting other two SW for Mr. Gulbenkian...
LELW74 Perspex Top Saloon
Fine car.


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 Post subject: Re: Hooper Rolls Royce for Nubar Gulbenkian
PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2009 10:53 pm 
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ALW47. Sedanca de Ville. It seems that he didn't like much the old noble english wood on the dashboard. It's snakeskin trimmed instead. (!)


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 Post subject: Re: Hooper Rolls Royce for Nubar Gulbenkian
PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2009 11:10 pm 
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ALW 11, a 1952 Silver Wraith Allweather Open Tourer by Hooper


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 Post subject: Re: Hooper Rolls Royce for Nubar Gulbenkian
PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 10:49 pm 
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AYMAMI wrote:
Let's finish this odd topic if you want by posting other two SW for Mr. Gulbenkian...
LELW74 Perspex Top Saloon
Fine car.

Currently for sale here: http://www.frankdale.com/carView.php?carID=628

I found some more pics here: http://www.imcdb.org/vehicle_9906-Rolls ... -1956.html


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 Post subject: Re: Hooper Rolls Royce Silver Wraith
PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:30 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Hooper Rolls Royce Silver Wraith
PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 1:23 am 
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A very late touring limouisne with built in headlamps


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 Post subject: Re: Hooper Rolls Royce Silver Wraith
PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 8:20 pm 
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Towards the end of the Silver Wraith production and of Hooper as a coachbuilder, this car was produced with a design that smacks more of the comparable designs on the Silver Cloud I LWB chassis, but the customer preferreda Silver Wraith, apparently.


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 Post subject: Re: Hooper Rolls Royce Silver Wraith
PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 12:13 am 
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Here's another one for you, Rob.
This one (ELW-60) will be auctioned at March 13, 2010.

RM Auctions wrote:
Estimate: $75,000-$100,000 US
125 bhp, 4,887 cc overhead valve inline six-cylinder engine, single downdraft carburetor, automatic four-speed transmission, independent wishbones and coil springs front and semi-elliptic leaf spring rear suspension and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 134"

The Silver Wraith was available in two wheelbase sizes – approximately 1,244 examples were built with the 127-inch short wheelbase while only 639 models were built with the 134-inch long wheelbase. For the first time, Rolls-Royce products were offered as complete cars with factory coachwork, however in the tradition of the great prewar coachbuilt cars, the Silver Wraith was also offered as a “chassis only” by Rolls-Royce. The price for the chassis alone was £1,800. These special cars were fitted with custom coachbuilt bodies by many of England’s most respected coachbuilders of the period, such as H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward, Freestone and Webb, and of course Hooper.

The Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith presented here, chassis number ELW-60, is an Empress Limousine with design number 8390 and is one of only 13 coachbuilt examples built by the Hooper Company on the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith chassis.

This stately example was originally commissioned by a Mr. Gwinn, Chairman of the Libby Ball Bearings company. After only a year in England, it made its way to the United States and into a collection in Chicago before being purchased by a collector in Florida. The Wraith remained unused in Florida for approximately 25 years before it was acquired by the previous owner and finally by the O’Quinn Collection in 2006.

The coachwork on this particular Hooper limousine is hand formed aluminum over a wooden skeleton. It has a uniquely sporting appearance and is a stylistic departure from the normal bodies of the period, as it was fashionable at the time to build rather tall and sometimes cumbersome looking limousines. The curved beltline originating at the iconic Rolls-Royce radiator stretches elegantly down to the bottom of the rear trunk. The black fenders, trunk and upper body’s striking contrast with the bright yellow lower body further accentuates the Rolls-Royce’s lines.

The Empress Limousine’s brilliant exterior lines are in step with its opulent interior, finished in silver-grey leather in the chauffeur’s compartment and matching silver-grey cloth in the rear passenger compartment. The interior is adorned with an abundance of hand-polished and ornate woodwork. The rear passenger’s compartment features a center console with an elaborate vanity unit with a telescopic mirror and independent climate controls.

The previous owner purchased the Empress Limousine in the early 1990s and immediately embarked on an extensive mechanical and cosmetic restoration, which took nearly 10 years to complete. The mechanical restoration included a complete rebuild of the engine, a new radiator and the replacement of many suspension components. The interior heating and air conditioning units were returned to proper working order. Cosmetically, the car received all new paint and fully refinished brightwork throughout. Following completion, it was rewarded with several wins at a number of prestigious shows and events throughout America. The car continues to present very well, both inside and out. No imperfections are readily apparent in the paint, brightwork, upholstery or wood.

If one considers that nearly 2,000 Silver Wraiths were built in all, this particular Empress – one of only 13 Hooper examples – is a tremendously rare automobile. In excellent overall condition, it is the epitome of English elegance and the bespoke luxury of the Hooper coachworks.


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 Post subject: Re: Hooper Rolls Royce Silver Wraith
PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 3:25 pm 
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Here's the gallery for the Hooper Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Empress Limousine, design #8390

http://www.coachbuild.com/index.php?opt ... emId=44576

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 Post subject: Re: Hooper Rolls Royce Silver Wraith
PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:37 pm 
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Certainly more than 13 8390 design Silver Wraith Hoopers built...


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 Post subject: Re: Hooper Rolls Royce Silver Wraith
PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 12:56 am 
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robgeelen wrote:
Certainly more than 13 8390 design Silver Wraith Hoopers built...

Thanks, Rob.
Any idea what numbers would be more correct?

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 Post subject: Re: Hooper Rolls Royce Silver Wraith
PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 5:46 pm 
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48, not counting variants with sometimes only a few details differently, and some quite dramatic varaitions, quite a few thus within a LWB Silver wraith production of only 580 cars or so...


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 5:51 pm 
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robgeelen wrote:
48, not counting variants with sometimes only a few details differently...

But those variations would have a different design number, wouldn't they?
I intend to collect and differentiate the various cars according to the specific design numbers, but then... I would need your help, or anyone's help actually.

In case of a one-off the design number is not important, but it would be nice to distinguish the various models made in small series.

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 Post subject: Re: Hooper Rolls Royce Silver Wraith
PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 1:18 am 
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Michiel Mobiel wrote:
robgeelen wrote:
48, not counting variants with sometimes only a few details differently...

But those variations would have a different design number, wouldn't they?
I intend to collect and differentiate the various cars according to the specific design numbers, but then... I would need your help, or anyone's help actually.

In case of a one-off the design number is not important, but it would be nice to distinguish the various models made in small series.


Michiel,

The Hooper records are held by the British Science Museum but are unfortunately not on-line.

If you are interested in tying up design and Rolls-Royce chassis numbers you need to acquire a copy of "Rolls-Royce: The Elegance Continues" (second, revised, edition) for the post-war cars, and "Coachwork on Rolls-Royce 1906-1939" for the pre-war ones. Both were published by Dalton Watson and Lawrence Dalton did an enormous amount of work to include tabulations of this data in these two books.

Clive.


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