Wednesday, 3 February 2016

A new Ghost to appear in Cronulla ...

1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith

This stately example of an Australian-owned pre-WWII Rolls-Royce Wraith will make its debut showing on the tiles of the Cronulla Mall on Sunday 20th March, 2016.

This formerly British-based vehicle features
side panels in Burgundy, offset with
Black panels on top, boot and
wheel wells.
This noble car is typical of its British class and style has some perfectly regal bloodlines. It was once owned by Lady Nancy Astor, [1879-1965] the first female to become a member of the British Parliament by occupying a seat in the House of Commons.

Beside her political activities, American born Viscountess Nancy Astor, married William Waldorf Astor in 1906. 

The Astors were leading figures in British Society and entertained many notable figures and world leaders at their country home Clivedon House in Berkshire, UK. 

Finding its way to the Southern Hemisphere, during another part of its vice-regal life, the car served as the official vehicle in a former British Colony for the Governor of the New Hebrides [now known as Vanuatu].

To start their lives, all Rolls-Royce Wraiths were manufactured by Rolls-Royce in the East Midlands at their Derby factory from 1938 to 1939 and then supplied to various independent coach builders.

Vehicle restoration included
loving attention to the fine detail of
all the rear passenger compartment's

wood paneling.
This car is presented to us after having received the full restoration services of Australia's Vintage Vehicle Services

The makeover included retimbering of the front door pillars, full repaint and re-chrome, all interior timber paneling restored to its former glory and the accompanying trim replaced.

Typical of its limousine style fit-out requirements of the day, the car features an electrically operated glass division between the driver and the passengers and additionally a privacy screen for the rear window. 

TRIVIA QUESTION: What does the word Wraith actually mean? 

ANSWER: Wraith is an old Scottish word meaning ghost or spirit ...

The imposing luxury of the 
rear passenger compartment 
The rear compartment comfortably seats two passengers with ample leg room, while the forward compartment seats the car's driver plus and an assistant. 

Rolls-Royce Wraiths featured in the 1947 romantic comedy movie: My Favourite Brunette starring Bob Hope.

Visit Lady Astor's Clivedon House mansion in Berkshire, UK or even stay there - it's now a B&B. Click here to have a look.

This majestic vehicle comes to us with the courtesy of Sydney-based Vintage Vehicle Services - who specialise in vehicle restoration, repair and hire of Vintage vehicles. For more details about them, please visit their website by clicking here.

Pre-WWII Vintage Car & Bike Show

Show Date: Sunday 20th March, 2016
Location: Cronulla Mall, Cronulla

Free entry for all events

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