1955 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Standard Steel Saloon
The rationalization policy initiated in the late 1930s at Rolls-Royce continued post-WWII, resulting in an increased reliance on externally sourced components rather than in-house manufacturing. A significant development during this period was the introduction of factory bodywork, which catered more to owner-drivers than traditional chauffeurs.
This factory body, produced by the Pressed Steel Fisher Company in Cowley, initially made its debut on the MkVI Bentley, with the equivalent Rolls-Royce model, the Silver Dawn, not appearing until 1949. Despite these changes, a separate chassis design was still maintained, featuring three different wheelbase lengths. Notable enhancements included independent front suspension and hydraulic front brakes.
In a notable improvement to the standard bodywork, a significant update arrived in mid-1952, featuring an enlarged boot, along with corresponding alterations to the rear wings and suspension. This design modification was first introduced with the ‘E’ series Silver Dawn and remained a fixture until the ‘J’ series. The Silver Dawn holds a distinct position in Rolls-Royce’s history as the first model to offer factory bodywork. It is now regarded as a pivotal milestone in the brand’s legacy and has gained popularity among enthusiasts, becoming their preferred choice.