Coys Auction - Fine Motor Cars
Oxfordshire OX20 1PX
Saturday 5th July 2008 at 14.30
The Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn was launched in July 1949, and represented the Rolls-Royce version of the Bentley Mark VI. Initially available for export only, the Silver Dawn shared the same strong channel section chassis with independent wishbone/coil spring front suspension and a live, leaf-sprung rear axle. Drum brakes were fitted all round, with Rolls-Royce''s mechanical servo assistance, the fronts operated hydraulically. Power was provided by the pre-war B60 4,257cc six cylinder engine, using a single Zenith carburettor instead of the Bentley''s twin SUs and with a lower compression ratio.
The only major mechanical changes came in May 1951 when engine capacity was increased to 4,566cc and the by-pass oil filter system substituted for one using a full-flow layout. The same year, the Bentley Mark VI was joined by the