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1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn

Chassis number : LSLE43

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Sold for $315,000 at 2010 Bonhams - Quail Lodge.
Sold for $352,000 at 2014 Motor City Auction by RM Auctions.
The Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn shared much of its all-steel factory body and mechanicals with the Bentley Mark VI. The company realized that the market still had room for individually commissioned, bespoke automobiles on the same chassis, and so the Silver Dawn could be had without bodywork. The factory actually catalogued two different styles of drophead coupes on the chassis, with both being produced by Park Ward, of Willesden.

Body style number 322 had the 'dipped' fenders, which were a signature of early post-war Packard designs. These fenders curved to envelope the front fenders, faded down into the sides of the body, and extended again to cover the rear wheels with a 'spat.' They had a neatly folding convertible top with room to accommodate four adults. Just a dozen examples of the Silver Dawns were built to this style, of which only six were delivered to the United States.

This Silver Dawn, chassis number LSLE43, is powered by the 128-horsepower engine. It was built for Eli Lilly Jr., of the Eli Lilly Company in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The car has an automatic transmission, high-frequency horns, a medium-wave radio, sealed beam headlamps, and wide whitewall tires, and it also came with 'blinker' turn signals, to be fitted in the United States.

The car left England for the United States on March 20, 1953, via the SS American Banker. On September 18, 1953, it was delivered to distributor S.H. Arnolt in Chicago, from whom it was sent to Auto Imports Company, of Indianapolis, Mr. Lilly's dealer of choice. Mr. Lilly took delivery of the car while vacationing in Palm Beach, Florida, as it was then sent on to Foreign Motors there.

Mr. Lilly later sold the car to Sexton W. Phelps, of New York City and Connecticut, then Charles D. Lane, of St. Louis, Missouri, and later Paul Rizzo, of East Meadow, New York. The current owner acquired it from the estate of Sam Garrett.

The car is finished in black and red and has a two-tone leather interior.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2014

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2014 Motor City Auction by RM Auctions

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $325,000-USD $450,000 
Sale Price :
USD $352,000

2010 Bonhams - Quail Lodge

Sale Price :
USD $315,000

1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn

(Data based on Model Year 1953 sales)
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn 4½-Litre Saloon
Chassis#: LSMF6
Sold for USD$22,861
  2022 Bonhams : Spring Motoring Online
 
1953 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER DAWN SALOON
Chassis#: LSMF12
Sold for USD$36,960
  2022 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Saloon
Chassis#: LSMF50
Sold for USD$53,760
  2021 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours dElegance Online Auction
 
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Saloon
Chassis#: LSNF5
Sold for USD$45,920
  2021 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
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1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Saloon
Sold for USD$31,900
  2018 Mecum : Indianapolis
 
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn
Sold for USD$15,000
  2017 Mecum : Indianapolis
 
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Drophead Coupe by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: LSLE31
Sold for USD$451,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
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1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Four-Door Saloon
Sold for USD$33,550
  2015 Auctions America - Fort Lauderdale
 
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Drophead Coupe by Park Ward
Chassis#: LSLE43
Sold for USD$352,000
  2014 Motor City Auction by RM Auctions
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1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: LSLE 43
Sold for USD$315,000
  2010 Bonhams - Quail Lodge
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1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Saloon
Chassis#: SNF67
Sold for USD$53,006
  2010 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn
Chassis#: LSKE12
Sold for USD$50,000
  2009 Mecum - Monterey Auction
 
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Drophead Cpe
Sold for USD$93,500
  2004 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn DHC
Sold for USD$99,000
  2003 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
 

Rolls-Royce Silver Dawns That Failed To Sell At Auction

1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1953 Rolls Royce Silver Dawn Saloon 2013 Shannons Sydney Summer Classic Auction $44,000$48,000

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1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Profiles

1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn vehicle information
DropHead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis #: LSLE31
Engine #: S40E
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn vehicle information
DropHead Coupe
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: LSLE43
Engine #: S-46-E
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn vehicle information
DropHead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis #: LSNF5
Engine #: S41F