1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn DropHead Coupe / LSLE31 Chassis Information

1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn photograph

1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn photograph

1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn photograph

1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn photograph

1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn photograph

1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn photograph

1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn photograph

1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn photograph

1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn photograph

1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn photograph

1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn photograph

1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn photograph

1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn photograph

1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn photograph

1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn photograph

1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn photograph

1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn photograph

1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn photograph

1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn photograph

1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn photograph

1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn photograph

1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn photograph

1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn photograph

1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn photograph

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DropHead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis #: LSLE31
Engine #: S40E
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.


2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island

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

2018 1
2017 2
2015 1
2014 1
2010 2
2009 1
2004 1
2003 1

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1953 sales)
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Saloon
Sold for $31,900
  2018 Mecum : Indianapolis
 
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn
Sold for $15,000
  2017 Mecum : Indianapolis
 
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Drophead Coupe by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: LSLE31
Sold for $451,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn image  1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn image  
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Four-Door Saloon
Sold for $33,550
  2015 Auctions America - Fort Lauderdale
 
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Drophead Coupe by Park Ward
Chassis#: LSLE43
Sold for $352,000
  2014 Motor City Auction by RM Auctions
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn image  1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn image  
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: LSLE 43
Sold for $315,000
  2010 Bonhams - Quail Lodge
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn image  1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn image  
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Saloon
Chassis#: SNF67
Sold for $53,006
  2010 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn
Chassis#: LSKE12
Sold for $50,000
  2009 Mecum - Monterey Auction
 
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Drophead Cpe
Sold for $93,500
  2004 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn DHC
Sold for $99,000
  2003 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

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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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn1950 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn1950 Saloon
Chassis Num: LSBA86
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn1952 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: LSHD60
Engine Num: S30D
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn1953 DropHead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: LSLE31
Engine Num: S40E
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn1953 DropHead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: LSLE43
Engine Num: S-46-E
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn1954 Saloon
Chassis Num: LSNF29
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn1954 Saloon
Chassis Num: STH21
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn1955 Shooting Brake
Coachbuilder: Radford
Chassis Num: STH29


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