Lot 289 - 1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn (Standard Steel)
|Odometer reading||89,932 miles|
|Estimate||£48,000 - £54,000|
|Result||Sold - £58,240|
The Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn is a car that was produced at their Crewe works between 1949 and 1955. It was the first Rolls-Royce 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 lefthand drive models had column gear shifts while righthand drives had a floor gear shift by the door. A mere 760 were produced between 1949 and 1955. Earlier models, up to circa May 1954, had a different dashboard from the Bentley Mk. VI and R-Type and were fitted with a single exhaust system. 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. Servo assisted 12.25" drum brakes were hydraulically operated at the front but retained mechanical operation at the rear. Although many cars were fitted with factory built bodies, others were supplied to external coachbuilders.
This Silver Dawn is a delightful example and surely one of the best available anywhere today. Chassis number SRH4 is fitted with automatic transmission and power steering making this car a delight to drive. Finished in shell grey with grey leather trim, the interior of the car is as exquisite as the exterior. Fitted with a sunroof and picnic tables to the rear, this Rolls-Royce comes with a full complement of tools; indeed the boot area of this car is exactly as it should be. The car is also supplied with a V5 registration document and a splendid history file which advises that much of the work carried out on her over a long period was by respected specialists P & A Wood, and also reveals that the car can be traced back to Dr. Bodkin Adams, the notorious suspected serial killer, when it was left to him by one of his patients!
Rolls-Royce Silver Dawns have becoming increasingly desirable of late; examples such as this will always attract attention from an enthusiast who wants to buy the best or a collector who appreciates how good this magnificent car is.
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