The Silver Dawn was the first Rolls Royce car designed and produced in its entirety by Rolls Royce Motors. Rolling chassis prior to the “ Silver Dawn” ( 1949) were shipped to independent coach builders to be bodied. They are the smallest Rolls Royce ever built and were called the “ sports saloon” due to their short wheelbase, low height and fast speed.
This particular car was delivered new in October 1952 to the well known collector Francis V Dupont of the Dupont chemical company in Delaware. He used it as his personal car – Chassis LSKE40 is often known as “ The Ex Dupont Car”. The second owner had the car for just over 40 years in California, before chassis LSKE40 made its way back to British shores.
The example on offer here today is very rare indeed – being one of fourteen built with a usual yet highly tractable four speed manual transmission and