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Specialist dealers in early Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars.
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Freestone & Webb Touring Limousine.
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A very handsome, sweeping design, which in some ways reflects the Hooper ‘Empress’ design, with full spats to the rear wheels, etc, but on the other hand with its own individuality as well, making this car something special. Freestone & Webb bodies stand in a class of their own, being well constructed, incorporating some individual touches, and this one is no exception. Very nicely finished in deep blue, and the interior is also lovely, with excellent blue leather, cocktail cabinet, occasional seats electric windows all round, and a rear sunroof. The car is solid, the doors closing with a satisfying ‘click’, and correct throughout. With the last enthusiast owner in the USA for nearly forty years, running very sweetly, and offered prepared, serviced, MoT tested, and UK registered, following its repatriation. Driven by ourselves 400 miles over a weekend, and running very smoothly, performing well. Characterful, imposing, stylish, comfortable, as well as being easy and enjoyable to drive.
Chassis No. CLW12. Reg No. 901 YUL. £55,000.
to W. S. Boas, a Substitute District Judge for the Court located in the Haag,
Amsterdam. At the time W.S. Boas was residing at the Doelen Hotel in Amsterdam.
This magnificent building dates back to 1627 & has recently been
identified as the “Kloveniersdoelen” for which Rembrandt originally painted
his “Night Watch”. In 2009
after many years of research Dudok van Heel has managed to identify each of the
18 figures depicted within the portrait, no mean task indeed.
Famous visitors to the Doelen have included the Beatles, Queen Victoria
& the Empress Sissi, daughter of Duke Maximilian of Bavaria & wife of
Emperor Franz Joseph – her cousin who was initially affianced to her sister!
In 1867 Empress Sissi was crowned Queen of Hungary and 3 years later in
1870 whilst walking through Geneva she was assassinated!
By November 1955 CLW12 had returned to England and it is noted on the
chassis cards that the owner was then Louis R Rawlings of 37 Grosvenor Square,
earlier occupants of this property include Duke of Bolton, Marquis Londonderry,
Hon Lawson JP & Baron Wenlock. In
the 1970’s the car was again shipped to USA & since then has led a
somewhat glamorous life mingling with the stars of the big screen with roles in
the films Ocean’s Eleven & High Roller!