1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn
Make : Rolls-Royce
Model : Silver Dawn
Body Type : Standard Steel Saloon
Colour : Midnight Blue over Shell Grey
Trim : Blue Grey Leather
History : Bentley Motors made a complete departure from their former policy by announcing in 1946 an entirely new model, a car produced totally in house avoiding future dependence on the rapidly depleting number of coachbuilders. The Bentley Mk VI fitted with their design of “standard” all steel bodywork was built at Crewe and began life with a 4 ¼ litre engine. It was later up-rated to a 4 ½ litre engine and the basic Mk VI shape was adapted slightly in 1952 with the introduction of the Bentley R Type. The new model was almost identical to the Mk VI up to the rear doors; however the boot was enlarged giving greater luggage capacity and arguably a more attractive and balanced overall profile. Codenamed “Ascot”, the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn was built alongside these two models, albeit in far fewer numbers, designed to be a compact, owner-driver factory built Rolls-Royce to run concurrently with production of the larger Silver Wraith, whilst sharing its running gear. A total of just 760 Silver Dawns were built and in our opinion are one of the most attractive factory bodied motor cars by either Rolls-Royce or Bentley. Chassis number SPG85, which we are currently offering for sale, was completed in June of 1954 to the order of the Duke of Primo Riviera, the Spanish ambassador to London. Later in its life it was a part of the Furuki collection in Japan in the 1980’s before returning to London in 2003 and being acquired by the most recent private owner. He purchased it in London and sent it to our workshops at this time to be evaluated. Over a period of several weeks the brakes were overhauled, the front suspension and steering were overhauled and the car was thoroughly serviced and prepared. It has since been correctly maintained, covering a further 4,000 miles since the significant works were carried out in 2003. Following our recent acquisition, the car has again been reviewed and prepared, to ensure continued enjoyment for the next owner. The coachwork presents beautifully and the interior has a nice patina, commensurate with a car of this age. This fine example in our opinion offers an ideal “entry level” purchase for anyone looking to acquire a 1950’s classic Rolls-Royce motor car.
Good condition throughout.
Technical Data : Four speed automatic gearbox, 6 cylinder in-line configuration engine, 4.5 litres displacement, 4887cc capacity. Drum brakes servo-assisted.