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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 8th October, 2022)

Bankers’ Bonus Buy on delivery?


Bankers’ Bonus Buy on delivery?
1955 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith (Dawn, or Cloud) passing through Standish. Although made in 1955 it wasn’t registered here until 1995 - which suggests it may have been exported. It’s right-hand drive, so presumably to a Commonwealth country. It has a SORN (Statutory Off-Road Notification), so may have been in storage for some time. Its registration is RGY 691, and I’ve not found another photograph of it online - so it doesn’t look as if it has appeared at any Rolls Royce or Vintage Rallies. The body is bespoke - not a Rolls Royce-built version - perhaps by Hooper of London, and maybe styled ‘Empress’.

Photo: David Long  (Sony DSC-RX10M3)
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Comment by: Helen of Troy on 8th October 2022 at 07:19

When times were more stylish. Very sleek.

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 8th October 2022 at 07:41

I wouldn't want one, just think how much trouble you would have changing the back wheel if you had a puncture .

Comment by: Anne on 8th October 2022 at 07:53

Very stylish indeed. I hope the owner doesn’t go to the Billinge post office to de-register SORN. A real grump who didn’t have the faintest idea of what was required when I de-registered.

Comment by: Abram Alice on 8th October 2022 at 08:48

Reminds me of a Wigan corporation bus.

Comment by: irene roberts on 8th October 2022 at 08:52

Good photo. I much prefer old cars to modern ones, whether a Rolls Royce or a mini, and we love to watch Bangers and Cash where we have
seen the odd Hillman Minx like our "Dorothy", who is from 1959. Some of you were asking the other day if anyone knew if our contributors Aubrey, Albert and Garry are okay as they haven't posted for a while....I know Rev David won't mind me adding that I have been in touch with Albert via Facebook and thankfully he is okay.

Comment by: PeterP on 8th October 2022 at 09:08

I watch Bangers and Cash on Telly and you can buy a good RR for a few thousand pounds. One example was a RR which was over 100 thousand new sold for 10 thousand

Comment by: Poet on 8th October 2022 at 09:21

One of the first lessons at the Rolls Royce chauffeur school is how to brake without moving heads .
What a contrast to the boy racer who has just flew past our house in a souped up old banger with gangsta rap blaring out the window .

Comment by: Fred on 8th October 2022 at 12:27

I can't imagine it would be comfortable to drive, maybe a good buy for a collector.

Comment by: Maureen on 8th October 2022 at 12:55

'Owd Dave' loves Jags,but what I'd give to turn up at his bungalow driving this.lol.

Comment by: Veronica on 8th October 2022 at 14:00

I wouldn’t want to leave that on the supermarket car park. Having said that it would be so easy to find afterwards.

Comment by: Cyril on 8th October 2022 at 15:55

When I first saw the photo my initial thought was the Rolls Royce that George Formby once owned - but it isn't.

https://www.classicandsportscar.ltd.uk/Rolls-Royce-Silver-Dawn-Ex-George-Formby/classic-cars-sold/10828

George Formby bought his Rolls in 1954 and after a few months of driving it was sold in 1955, probably because they only do around 12 miles to the gallon.

Good to hear of Albert Irene.

Comment by: irene roberts on 8th October 2022 at 16:34

Albert does have some health problems, Cyril, which I only learned of later today, but he is his usual very pleasant self. A lovely gentleman.

Comment by: Kenee on 8th October 2022 at 16:58

Can't see a rear door handle.

Comment by: PeterP on 8th October 2022 at 19:01

Kenee over the years RR have made a few 2 door models

Comment by: Anne on 8th October 2022 at 19:20

There seems to be a small hole approximately where a handle could be.

Comment by: Tonker (off Wigan World) on 8th October 2022 at 21:31

There could be a link ......

https://www.carandclassic.com/car/C907303

Comment by: Rev David Long on 9th October 2022 at 08:03

Well found, Tonker. There's certainly similarities (apart from the age - my date of 1955 came from the DVLA site) - and it was on the road to Bradley Lane when photographed. Someone has the story....

Comment by: Syd Smith on 9th October 2022 at 09:17

Mick showed us a photo a few days ago of some scrapped fancy cars at Bradley Breakers.

Comment by: Tonker (off Wigan World) on 9th October 2022 at 13:44

The lads who run Douglas Valley Salvage are friends of mine. The car they have is for "parts only", probably Cat. B. So, it makes sense for them to buy another car, or a rolling chassis, which needs many parts, to create another roadgoing vehicle and sell it as such. Think about it, who's going to buy a heap of spare parts for a 1955 Rolls Royce? but someone, somewhere, with more money than sense, might buy a roadgoing one.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 10th October 2022 at 16:31

Tonker - it would be interesting if you could ask your mates if that’s what’s happening - and confirm this car is to get a new lease of life.

Comment by: Tonker (off Wigan World) on 10th October 2022 at 23:06

I'll call and post the result on Communicate as soon as is reasonably practicable!

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