Wraiths form an indelible part of Rolls-Royce history. The last Wraith, the 1938 25/30, would have cost its then owner a princely £1,700. Then there was the Silver Wraith, built between 1946 and 1959, the last Rolls-Royce model to be delivered in "chassis only" form, dependent upon bespoke coachwork designed and made by a specialist coachbuilders. You might well recall its successor, the 1977 Silver Wraith II, the imposing long-wheelbase version of the Silver Shadow II. These were all very different cars but they shared one thing in common. They were never limelight cars, instead performing a more discreet supporting role to other more extrovert models in the Rolls-Royce range. That's certainly not the case with the latest Wraith.
It's the smallest car the company makes but it's also the most powerful. This Wraith is a continent-crushing gentleman's gran turismo, the like of which Rolls Royce has never had on its books before. Were he alive, this is the car Charles Rolls would choose to drive, or at least so the current proprietors claim. In naming the car, Rolls-Royce hint at something of the noire about this model, something a little more menacing than the stately Phantom and Ghost models.