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1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn

Chassis number : LSLE31

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Sold for $451,000 at 2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island.
761 Silver Dawns were built 1949 and 1955 and 64 of those received unique coachwork.

This 1953 H.J. Mulliner, alloy-bodied, Silver Dawn Drophead Coupe (Serial No. LSLE31) 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 sporting nature of this Bentley is reminiscent of the drophead coupes on the Bentley Mark VI chassis. It has a raked and vee'd split windshield and deeply skirted and curved fenders.

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. It has a proper set of hand and road tools, a British wicker picnic hamper, a 'polo' walking stick, and a red umbrella stashed in the boot.

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.

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2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $400,000-USD $500,000 
Sale Price :
USD $451,000

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
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn image  1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn image  
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