Lot 246 - 1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn *WITHDRAWN*
|Estimate||£33,000 - £38,000|
The Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn is a car that was produced by Rolls-Royce at their Crewe works between 1949 and 1955. It was the first Rolls-Royce car to be offered with a factory built body which it shared, along with its chassis, with the Bentley Mk. VI until 1952 and then the Bentley R-Type until production finished in 1955. The car was first introduced as an export only model. The left hand drive models had a column gear shift, while right hand drives had a floor gear shift by the door. Only with the R-Type based model was it officially available on the home market, from October 1953. A mere 760 were produced between 1949 and 1955. Earlier models up to circa May 1954 had a different fascia (dashboard) from the Bentley Mk.VI and R-Type, and were fitted with a single exhaust system. On the standard steel cars throughout the production history, all the body panels forward of the bulkhead/firewall were slightly different to those fitted to the Bentley. The in-line six cylinder engine had overhead inlet and side exhaust valves and had a capacity of 4257cc until 1951 when it was enlarged to 4566cc. The carburettor was a single downdraught Stromberg until 1952 when it was replaced by a Zenith. The suspension was independent at the front using coil springs; at the rear the live axle used half elliptic leaf springs. The car had a separate chassis made with traditional riveted construction until 1953 after which it was welded. Servo assisted 12.25 inch drum brakes were used, hydraulically operated at the front but retaining mechanical operation at the rear. Although many cars were fitted with factory built bodies, others were supplied to external coachbuilders.
This highly desirable 'Big Boot' Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn with automatic transmission, 4½ litre engine and rare bench front seat was originally supplied to Mr. W.B. Gardner-Henderson from Dunbartonshire on 8th March 1954. The chassis cards show subsequently that the next three owners were all titled gentlemen and at some point after the last recorded owner, the Silver Dawn was exported to the USA. Little is known of its history while in the US except that it ended up on a private estate where it languished, unused, for more than twenty years until being returned to the UK in January 2010. Since then this Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn has been the subject of a full cosmetic restoration and repainted in the original colour of Masons Black, with new beige leather interior, the woodwork re-varnished and the chromework restored. This car has been registered with its original registration number and is supplied with a V5C registration document and copies of the chassis cards as supplied by the RREC. Silver Dawns with this specification rarely come on the market and always command top prices when they do; this could prove an excellent investment for the future.
DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL, THIS LOT HAS HAD TO BE WITHDRAWN. IT IS DUE TO BE RE-ENTERED IN OUR MARCH, 2014, SALE.
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