Hershey, PA - The AACA Museum, Inc. announced that the Museum has received a stunning 1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Touring Saloon as its latest vehicle donation. The fully-restored and well-documented vehicle is a gift of Lois Sinclair of Venice, Florida, in memory of her husband, Norman Sinclair.
About the Wraith. Built by Rolls Royce at their Derby factory from 1938 to 1939, the Wraith was an advanced design sporting improvements across its platform. Wraiths left the factory as running chassis shipped to various coachbuilders for completion of their custom bodies. Multiple body styles were available through a variety of builders. The Sinclair example is a Touring Saloon with coachwork by H. J. Mulliner of London, a favorite Rolls Royce coachbuilder that the automaker later purchased.
The Wraith features an independent coil spring front suspension and hydraulic dampers for an improved ride. The chassis employs welded, rather than riveted, construction. A built-in hydraulic jacking system was included, operated by a lever under the passenger seat. Production of the advanced Wraith was prematurely interrupted by the start of World War II. The model did not return post-war when Rolls Royce returned to civilian automobile production.
Below: Museum Curator Stan Sipko drives the Rolls-Royce near the Museum in Hershey, PA.
The Wraith's celebrity history. This Wraith was originally purchased by the well-known actor Robert Montgomery when he was making films for MGM in England. In a 1979 letter that Montgomery sent to the car's owner, he stated that he sold the car in 1940 or 1941 as he was about to enter active duty with the U.S. Navy because "I didn't think a Naval Lt. had any business driving about in such a very splendid vehicle." The car was also used in multiple Hollywood movies, including "My Man Godfrey," and "My Favorite Brunette."
The AACA Museum, Inc. has built its entire collection of cars, buses, trucks, and motorcycles through donations. They are thrilled to have this beautiful Rolls Royce to share with their visitors and would like to thank the Sinclairs for their thoughtful gift.
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