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1 July 2005
1954 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER DAWN SALOON
Registration No. PNE 444
Chassis No. SUJ 16
Engine No. S8J
Black with red leather upholstery.
Engine: six cylinder, overhead inlet valves, 4,556cc, 150bhp at 4,000rpm; Gearbox: four speed manual; Suspension: front, independent coil, rear, semi-elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: four wheel drum. Right hand drive
Rolls-Royce Motors production had moved to Crewe at the end of the war and introduced a new departure by producing their own in-house design and providing a complete motor car. The first example of this was the 4¼ - litre MK VI Bentley with a compact all steel bodied car which was known as the 'Standard Steel' saloon. The deep-channel sectioned chassis was also available for specialised coachwork manufacturers but the generally depressed economics of the time restricted the sales of such specialised cars. As far as the Rolls-Royce marque was concerned, they initially reintroduced their pre-war Wraith series which was individually coachbuilt and in 1949 they introduced the new 4½ - litre Silver Dawn which in essence was a similar car to the Bentley MK VI. The four-door steel body was built by The Pressed Steel Company and the car fully assembled at Crewe, using the 'Silver Wraith' single carburettor version of the 4¼ - litre engine. The car was built initially for export only and was not introduced into the home UK market until 1953. With only around 760 cars produced, the Silver Dawn is a relatively rare vehicle and consequently commands a higher price than those of comparable Bentleys.
SUJ 16s history is recorded in its entirety through old and modern log books. The car was first registered in Manchester on 8th October 1954, and was purchased new by Brennans Cinemas Ltd. Two years later the car was sold to Kraft Productions of Cornboro' Place, Somerset, then to Alan Brown of Bilbrook Nr. Minehead, Somerset in January 1961. Nine months later the car passed to Arthur Cochrane of the Hotel Imperial, Hythe in Kent and continued to be licenced with him until 1966. Its last connection with Kent, comes in the form of a 1972 MoT certificate issued by Martin Walter of Folkestone. Shortly after this it is understood to have passed to the Sharpe Family.
Although stored for many years, today the Silver Dawn presents quite well belying this uncared for period of its life, and perhaps substantiating the modest mileage of 15,607 on its speedometer. Its paintwork is serviceable, but would benefit from tidying, while the interior, which is complete with picnic trays for the rear passengers remains in good order. Two additional driving lights are fitted, and the Rolls has a period sunroof.
It is offered with the log book and MoT listed above together with copies of factory build sheets.
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