A classic Rolls Royce Wraith formerly used by British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill is set to be sold at auction.
The Rolls Royce Silver Wraith WZB29 was owned by the publisher Emery Reves in the 1950s and transported many famous personalities.
This included the wartime leader who used the car on numerous occasions to reach the publisher’s home in the south of France.
Mr Churchill even used the stunning model as part of his golden wedding anniversary celebrations.
The historic machine was discovered by Michel Colatruglio while doing real estate work in Switzerland.
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The car was found sitting on wooden blocks inside a garage of a Vaudois property, in Glion sur Montreux.
It has been estimated the iconic model may have been resting inside the garage for a staggering 35 years before it was picked up.
Mr Colatruglio finally secured the model on May 8, 2015 after no other interested parties came forward.
Work immediately began on an extensive restoration project to bring the Rolls-Royce back to life. He acquired a team of enthusiastic craftsmen and experts who dedicated themselves to the project.
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The team went for a full restoration but decided to remain faithful to the original model and preserve as much as they could.
The car’s engine was completely dismantled, checked and reassembled after not running for a long period of time.
But, only a few wearing parts have been changed with a large number of original elements, including the pistons, remaining intact.
The original interior handles which would have been touched by the former Prime Minister are also still fitted. But, the team had to completely strip back the aluminium bodywork which was redone for the project.
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Numerous layers of black paint were applied before each section was sanded and thoroughly polished.
The Silver Wraith is one of the most beautiful Rolls Royce machines and a staple of high society in the 1940s and 1950s.
The vehicle is equipped with a stunning six-cylinder engine with similar models selling for tens of thousands of pounds.
A 1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith was sold for a whopping £62,416 ($79,200) earlier this year. The model will hit the hammer on December 29 in Gstaad and would be an ideal addition to any history buffs collection.
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