Lot # 196 1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Empress Limousine, Body by Hooper; S/N ELW60; Black, Yellow/Silver-Grey leather, Silver-Grey cloth; Estimate $79,195 – $118,793; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $71,276 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $79,829 – RHD. Small Lucas driving lights, rollup divider, Kool Temp A/C, skirts, Pioneer stereo, wood tables, badge bar, vanity, wide whitewalls. Impressively upgraded with modern amenities like A/C and a wonderful, inviting interior. Lavishly appointed and distinctively designed and executed in traditional coachbuilding materials and techniques. Cosmetically restored some time ago with very good paint, upholstery, chrome and wood, work that has not extended to the chassis, underbody or engine. Sold by RM at Meadow Brook in 2006 for $118,250 (GBP 61,900 at the time) to John O’Quinn then from his estate at Amelia Island in 2010 for $93,500 (GBP 61,600 at the time). It brought only GBP 45,000 hammer here (50,400 with commission), more a factor of its mediocre condition than its elegance and rarity. (picture unavailable).
[Source: Rick Carey; photo credit: courtesy of RM Auctions]