Chassis no: SUJ62
Registration: KWM 787
Vintage and Prestige are proud to offer this 1955 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Standard Steel Sports Saloon For Sale.
Registration : KWM 787
Chassis no: SUJ62
Engine no: S31J
The policy of rationalisation begun in the late 1930s continued at Rolls-Royce after WW2; more components were bought in rather than manufactured in house and for the first time there was factory bodywork, which was better suited to the owner driver than to a chauffeur.
This 'standard steel' body was available at first only on the Mark VI Bentley, the equivalent Rolls-Royce - the Silver Dawn - not appearing until 1949. Codenamed 'Ascot', the Silver Dawn was produced alongside the Mark VI and the coachbuilt Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith, albeit in far fewer numbers.
A separate chassis was retained, the same basic design being built in three different wheelbase lengths, while other notable features were independent front suspension and hydraulic front brakes.
The range featured a new 4,257cc six-cylinder engine (enlarged to 4,566cc in 1951) with inlet-over-exhaust valve gear, which had been under development since the mid-1930s. The company used belt drive for the water pump and dynamo for the first time on this engine, which employed a Zenith Stromberg carburettor in Rolls-Royce configuration. The latter was preferred to the Mark VI's twin SUs as it offered smoother running and a cold start facility, which was not available on the SU-equipped Bentley until 1952.
A welcome improvement to the standard bodywork arrived in mid-1952 in the shape of an enlarged boot together with associated changes to the rear wings and suspension. This design was introduced on the 'E' series Silver Dawn and was retained until the final 'J' series.
The new model was almost identical to the Mark VI up to the rear doors; however the larger boot with its greater luggage capacity gave it arguably a more attractive and balanced profile.
Only 760 Silver Dawns were built and this model is considered by many to be one of the most attractive 'standard steel' models from either Rolls-Royce or Bentley. The first Rolls-Royce to be offered with factory bodywork, the Silver Dawn is recognised as a landmark model in the marque's history and is fast becoming sought after as the enthusiasts' choice.
This a fine example with owner history dating back to the first purchase order By Mrs Helena Taylor from Freshfield, Nr. Liverpool, Maintenance wise, almost ever detail has been logged. There is a full maintenance and mileage log since 1966 which verifies the current reading of 167,000.
A full engine rebuild was commissioned at Rolls-Royce Crew when the mileage reached 117,000 and since then she has still been thoroughly maintained which is easily noticeable when you get behind the wheel.
Beautifully finished in the desirable colour scheme of Tudor over Shell Grey and still with the original order of a thin coachline to match the Vaumol leather interior. Other special features included an automatic gearbox and trafficators.
On the road the engine is smooth and sweet, not missing a beat it is a delight to be behind the wheel, she drives very well, maintaining a good oil pressure and water temperature.
The current vendor has been in ownership since 1999 where he has meticulously maintained this Silver dawn, making sure that there are no issues or even rattles with every aspect of the car, recent works by renowned experts Colbrook Specialists include corrosion repairs to the lower panels (all photographed and documented), brake overhaul, chassis re-wire and rectifying all rattles throughout.
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