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Segment: Compact

Only 760 units of the first Rolls-Royce to bear the Silver Dawn name were built between 1949 and 1955, albeit the car shared most of its oily bits and chassis with the slightly more mainstream Bentley Mark VI until 1952 and then with the Bentley R Type until 1955.

This means that all cars were fitted with a 4.2-liter straight-six until 1951, when the engine was enlarged to 4.6-liter.
Curiously enough, the Silver Dawn is the first ever Rolls-Royce model to be ordered with a factory built body, unlike its predecessors, which were exclusively sold as rolling chassis. Even though its successor spawned an entire era of the Silver Cloud name, the Silver Dawn name was first resurrected in the mid-1990s, on a special edition version of the Silver Spur Sedan. Nowadays, the Dawn name is used by a four-seat convertible version of the Rolls-Royce Wraith coupe.
The Silver Dawn was launched in austere time and as such, Rolls Royce wanted to offer people a more accessible car, mostly for the buyers who were looking to drive themselves. Most of the Rolls Royce launched by that period were luxury limousines and usually driven by chauffeurs.
The car had a 4556 cc engine, with a 4-speed manual transition. The Rolls reached 60 mph in 16 s and had a maximum speed of 87 mph.

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ROLLS-ROYCE Silver Dawn 1949 - 1955
  2 gasoline engines
  • 4.2L 4MT
  • 4.6L 4MT

ROLLS-ROYCE Silver Dawn 4.2L 4MT

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.2L 4MT
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
4260 cm3
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
87 mph (140 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
16.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
7.50-16
DIMENSIONS
Length
192 in (4877 mm)
Width
69 in (1753 mm)
Height
64.5 in (1638 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.8/58.5 in (1,443/1,486 mm)
Wheelbase
120 in (3048 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4061 lbs (1842 kg)

ROLLS-ROYCE Silver Dawn 4.6L 4MT

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.6L 4MT
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
4566 cm3
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
86 mph (138 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
16.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
7.50-16
DIMENSIONS
Length
192 in (4877 mm)
Width
69 in (1753 mm)
Height
64.5 in (1638 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.8/58.5 in (1,443/1,486 mm)
Wheelbase
120 in (3048 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4145 lbs (1880 kg)
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