SPAIN. Thermal ATM issues  2OO4 T105 (113)
Vintage cars (12). ROLLS ROYCE 1947. Modelo Coupé Serra
Museo Historia Automocion de Salamanca
Date of issue :
December 2004 (1st know date: 28.12.04)
47 x 26,5 mm. - Format type 3
Paper :
Thermal phosphorescent self adhesive
Printing process : Offset and invisible ink - Watermark C
Imprint :
Thermal on black
Values / Set :
0,01 € to 99,99 € / Set Ph.S.: 0,27-0,52-0,77 €
Design and printer :
RCM-FNMT. Real Casa de la Moneda - Fabrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre
Reference / Printing :
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This is the second Spanish ATM issue dedicated to a car manufactured by the prestigious British company Rolls Royce; After the 2001 issue showing the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, the current design show the Silver Wraith model.

After World War II, the Rolls Royce company was forced to manufacture more economic vehicles. The first vehicle of the postwar period was the Silver Wraith which was also the last one that fitted customized bodies. Each customer had to contract with a carriage maker for the construction of a personalised body. Therefore, it is unlikely that two identical vehicles exist.

The production started very slowly in 1946, and it was limited to less than 2000 units until 1959.

The car illustrated on this ATM issue is a Rolls Royce Silver Wraith of 1946, with an engine of 4250 cc. and a maximum speed of 160 km/h.

The first owner was a laboratory in Barcelona and later it passed to Mr. Francesc Xavier Bulto, creator of the Spanish motorcycle company Bultaco, who ordered a new coupé body from Catalan carriage maker Pedro Serra.

More information about the Rolls Royce origins, see the issue T53 (61) - Rolls Royce S.G., 1919.

Other philatelic issues
On October 8th, 2002 the Principat d'Andorra issued a set of stamps dedicated to car history. One stamp reproduced here shows a Rolls Royce model Silver Wraith.
This car is displayed in the Museu Nacional de l'Automobil d'Andorra.

The ATM shows the image of a vintage car in the Museo de Historia de la Automocion de Salamanca (MHAS).

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11.01.05 . English edition rewritted by S. Goodman (08.01.05)