George Formby's Rolls Royce Silver Wraith (1950)




Chassis number WHD 29 was delivered to the premises of Rolls-Royce at Lillie Hall, Seagrave Road, Fulham on 28th February 1950, then on to the coachbuilder James Young in London Road, Bromley where body number 1750, in design WR18, was fitted to the chassis  the  and on 23rd November 1950 the complete car was delivered, under the registration number LXB 287, to its first owner George Formby O.B.E.
In 1952, the car was sold to a Midlands confectioner, John Steventon - there are wonderful contemporary photographs in the history file that record Mr Steventon's stewardship of the car.  The registration changed to a personal number - JHS 1 - and in fact Mr Steventon owned JHS 2 and JHS 3 which variously adorned a Mark X Jaguar, a Pink Pontiac and a Triumph Herald - all faithfully photographed.
On Mr Steventon's demise in 1970, the car was sold to a Mr Polochez, a Company Director of Hall Green in Birmingham.  The registration numbers taking the showbiz route to Mr JH Saltzmann, the movie producer responsible James Bond films and the 1968 film, Battle of Britain.
In 1972, an enthusiastic young stockbroker, advised by a Rolls-Royce owning friend that he hadn't made it until he owned a Rolls-Royce, acquired WHD 29 for the princely sum of £3,400 - his total annual bonus.  But "he had made it" in every way.
He decided, in 1989, to undertake a thorough restoration of the car and total costs exceeded £80,000 but it is an investment that has seen rewards in Concours events with R-REC and happiness in its use at many weddings where it has always proved a hit.
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  • Mileage: 38,471
  • Year: 1950
  • Doors: 4
  • Body type: Saloon
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: Blue


  • Engine layout: Front Engined
  • Aspiration: Normally Aspirated
  • Engine size (Litres): 4.3
  • Engine configuration: 6 cylinder
  • Cylinders: 6

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