1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Saloon, Chassis no. SNF67 Engine no. S.71.F

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Lot 318
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Saloon,
Registration no. 326 XUY Chassis no. SNF67 Engine no. S.71.F

Sold for £ 34,500 (US$ 41,508) inc. premium
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Saloon

Registration no. 326 XUY
Chassis no. SNF67
Engine no. S.71.F

Footnotes

  • 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. Produced by the Pressed Steel Fisher Company, of Cowley, this 'standard steel' body was available at first only on the MkVI Bentley, the equivalent Rolls-Royce - the Silver Dawn - not appearing until 1949. 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 for 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 MkVI'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 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.
    The Silver Dawn we offer is only the tenth 'F' series car to be built for the UK home market. 'SNF67' was originally owned by the well known Rolls-Royce and Bentley distributors, H A Fox & Co Ltd, of Burlington Gardens, Old Bond Street, London W1 and was first registered 'HAF 1' in October 1953. The car was retained by them until December 1958 when it was sold to a Major Cradock who kept it for several years.
    During the last eight years the Silver Dawn has been used infrequently and has spent some time registered on SORN, covering only 800-or-so miles in that time. Now fully re-commissioned, the car drives very well, with good oil pressure, correct running temperature and excellent brakes.
    Finished in superb black livery with original red upholstery, fine original red carpets and professionally re-polished woodwork, 'SNF 67' is offered with copy factory build sheets, a quantity of expired MoTs, current road fund licence, MoT to February 2011 and Swansea V5. Its original No. 'V' handbook and a substantially complete set of tools are included in the sale.
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Saloon, Chassis no. SNF67 Engine no. S.71.F
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Saloon, Chassis no. SNF67 Engine no. S.71.F
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Saloon, Chassis no. SNF67 Engine no. S.71.F
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