The Rolls-Royce Wraith (not to be confused with the earlier small horsepower Goshawk-powered car, the 25/30 h.p) was built by Rolls-Royce at their Derby factory from 1938 to 1939 and supplied to independent coachbuilders as a running chassis.
Wraith is an old Scottish word meaning “ghost” or “spirit”, continuing Rolls-Royce’s (at the time) new nomenclature that they had adopted, using words relating to silent, gracious, elegant, rarely seen and highly sought after for these reasons. In fact, the Wraith name originated from a 40/50 h.p, (Silver Ghost) that was named “The Wraith” by its original owner.
The Wraith features a 4.25 litre inline overhead valve 6 cylinder engine and a 4 speed manual transmission with synchromesh on 2nd, 3rd and 4th gears.
Rolls Royce Wraith WEC49 by James Young