Owner: Faan du Toit – operated by Spirit of Ecstacy
Engine: 6 Cylinder in-line 4,887cc
Chassis no.: BLW-100
Gearbox: 4 Speed Automatic
Note: Only 1883 Silver Wraith’s were manufactured of which 639 were long wheel-base and only 101 were built with the round-boot (chassis no’s:BLW001 & BLW101)
History of This Car
Manufactured in Crewe, England. Owner relocated to Wales and later Scotland. He sold it to an Irish friend of South Africa who donated the car to the S.A. Government in the early 60’s. It then became the presidential car of the State President of South Africa, President C.R. Swart.
The S.A. Government donated the car to the Prince of Kenya in the early 70’s. An unknown Australian brought the car back to South Africa during the 80’s with the intension of exporting it to Sydney, Australia. Things didnâ’t work according to plan and many years later a South African business man, Faan du Toit, made an offer (via a middle man) that the Australian owner couldnâ’t refuse.
Since in the ownership of Faan du Toit, the car won the annual South Africa Rolls Royce Concourse, the South African Ladies Choice Award as well as the Most Desirable Restoration of Pretoria Old Motor Club. This Rolls was furthermore used to advertise big car events in South Africa and also received a Special Invite to Cars In The Park, the biggest classic and vintage car event in Africa.
The Rolls was not only the wedding car for its owner but also for several well known South Africans such as the cricket legend, Fanie de Villiers. The car carries bumper badges worth R 62 000.00 which includes The Royal Automotive Club Life Member Badge, valued at £1650.
Recent offers for the car varies between R880 000 to R920000.