1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn 4½-Litre Saloon  Chassis no. 5P3G

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Lot 337
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn 4½-Litre Saloon
Registration no. 260 AMX Chassis no. 5P3G

Sold for £ 27,000 (US$ 36,830)
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn 4½-Litre Saloon
Registration no. 260 AMX
Chassis no. 5P3G
Odometer reading: TBC
MoT expiry date: exempt

*The first Rolls-Royce with 'factory' bodywork
*Offered from the estate of the late John Hodgson (Alpine Eagle)
*An older restoration
*Recent front brakes overhaul


Introduced in 1949, the Silver Dawn is notable as the first Rolls-Royce to feature 'factory' bodywork, this 'standard steel' coachwork having debuted on the Mark VI Bentley in 1946. Better suited to the owner driver market, 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 noteworthy features included independent front suspension, hydraulic front brakes and a new 4,257cc six-cylinder engine (enlarged to 4,566cc for 1951) incorporating inlet-over-exhaust valve-gear. A much needed 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, subsequent models being known as the E-Series Silver Dawn and R-Type Bentley.
An older restoration, this E-Series Silver Dawn is offered from the estate of the late John Hodgson, proprietor of the renowned classic car restoration company, Alpine Eagle. As one would expect, the Rolls-Royce has been carefully maintained during John's ownership and runs and drives very well. Recent works include replacing the headlining and carpet set; re-colouring the trim; and overhauling the front brakes. The car is offered with a V5C Registration certificate and a history file.

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Footnotes

  • Please note the correct chassis number is SPG3
    Vendor Score Total: 74/100

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    Key for sellers' assessments:
    1/5 POOR. A project vehicle | Requires urgent attention | Damaged | Parts missing
    2/5 AVERAGE. Useable condition | Requires some attention | Light damage
    3/5 GOOD. Drive away | Presents well | Good history file | Drives well
    4/5 VERY GOOD. Well restored | Running and driving with no noticeable faults | Sound throughout
    5/5 EXCELLENT. Concours condition | Beautifully presented | Driving very well

    EXTERIOR TOTAL: 19/25
    Body Work: 4
    Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 3
    Glass: 4
    Paint: 4
    Wheels/Tyres: 4

    INTERIOR TOTAL: 16/20
    Dashboard/Door cards/Carpets: 4
    Headlining: 5
    Seats: 3
    Trim: 4

    ENGINE TOTAL: 13/20
    Mechanical components: 3
    Running: 4
    Starting: 4
    Under Bonnet: 2

    RUNNING GEAR TOTAL: 15/20
    Axles: 4
    Brakes: 5
    Gearbox/Clutch: 2
    Suspension: 4

    ELECTRICAL TOTAL: 8/10
    Ancillary components: 4
    Main components: 4

    Car History File: 3/5

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the correct chassis number is SPG3
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn 4½-Litre Saloon  Chassis no. 5P3G
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn 4½-Litre Saloon  Chassis no. 5P3G
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn 4½-Litre Saloon  Chassis no. 5P3G
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn 4½-Litre Saloon  Chassis no. 5P3G
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn 4½-Litre Saloon  Chassis no. 5P3G
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn 4½-Litre Saloon  Chassis no. 5P3G
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn 4½-Litre Saloon  Chassis no. 5P3G
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn 4½-Litre Saloon  Chassis no. 5P3G
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn 4½-Litre Saloon  Chassis no. 5P3G
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn 4½-Litre Saloon  Chassis no. 5P3G
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn 4½-Litre Saloon  Chassis no. 5P3G
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn 4½-Litre Saloon  Chassis no. 5P3G
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn 4½-Litre Saloon  Chassis no. 5P3G
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn 4½-Litre Saloon  Chassis no. 5P3G
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn 4½-Litre Saloon  Chassis no. 5P3G
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn 4½-Litre Saloon  Chassis no. 5P3G
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn 4½-Litre Saloon  Chassis no. 5P3G
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn 4½-Litre Saloon  Chassis no. 5P3G
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