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DropHead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis Num: LSLE33
 
This 1953 H.J. Mulliner, alloy-bodied, Silver Dawn Drophead Coupe (Serial No. LSLE33) is the only one produced. It was ordered and owned by Texaco attorney Howard Kizer. The Kizer family, along with Carl Fisher, financed the Indianapolis Raceway.

The 1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn was advertised as an owner rather than chauffeur driven car. Most were produced with factory-assembled steel bodies and almost all were exported to North America. There were a few sedans equipped with Farina and Freestone bodies with Park Ward bodied a limited number of coupes and convertibles. This is the only one produced by Mulliner.

The car is powered by a 4.6 liter, in-line 6-cylinder, developing 150-horsepower, coupled to an automatic 4-speed transmission, with a 120-inch wheelbase. It weighs about 4,100 pounds with power front hydraulic and rear mechanical brakes and is capable of speed of about 87 miles per hour.

A 4000-hour restoration project preserved this one-and-only example of a H.J. Mulliner, 1953 Rolls-Royce, Silver Dawn Drophead coupe.

This rare example is a one-of-a-kind project with custom body by the leading coachbuilder, H.J. Mulliner. It won best in its class at the Rolls-Royce Owners Club Grand Classic at Meadowbrook and at Amelia Island. It also won Best in Class at Eastern U.S.Concours,Best in Class at the Rolls Royce Grand National, Best in Division and Sponsor's Major Award at Buckingham Concour's d'Elegance.
The launch of the Silver Dawn in 1949 confirmed the public's acceptance and demand for the standard steel body, as only a few were fitted wîth specialized coachwork.
After the war Rolls-Royce decided that if increasing volume was their main objective, then the manufacture of complete motor cars was required. This meant designing a pressed steel body and modernizing some of their production methods.

The company was initially cautious. It didn't know what the public reaction would be to the first non-coachbuilt cars, but they were well received and demand for the Silver Dawn was strong, especially in America to where the first cars were exported. These cars had the straight six 4,257cc engine.

A new market emerged at home too wîth the Silver Dawn becoming available in the ÚK in 1953, by which time it had the bigger bore 4,566cc engine, automatic transmission availability and big boot coachwork.

The 'Autocar' described the Silver Dawn as an 'expensive car designed for the connoisseur who requires an all-round excellence second to none and is prepared to pay for the best that money can buy in quality of manufacture and finish'.

Source - Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd.
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