19th Jun, 2024 13:00

Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

Lot 95

1997 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn 'Springfield'
1 of just 237 Silver Dawns produced

Sold for £24,188

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: P293 YGJ
Chassis No: SCAZA12C3VCH59307
MOT: May 2025

  • Just 17,500 miles from new
  • 1 of just 237 Silver Dawns produced and a believed unique Springfield interior
  • Highly original and very nicely presented condition
  • In current family ownership since 2002 with just two previous keepers
  • Entered from a significant private collection

Debuting in America during 1994, but not available to other markets including Britain until the following year, the ‘New' Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn was among the final variants to be spun from the accomplished but long-serving Silver Spirit platform. A late hurrah before BMW assumed control, the newcomer was based around the Crewe concern's familiar four-door monocoque bodyshell equipped with all-round independent suspension, adaptive ride control, power steering and ABS four-wheel disc brakes. Benefiting from Bosch Motronic fuel injection and digital ignition, its smooth 6750cc OHV V8 engine was allied to a four-speed automatic transmission. Available with a bewildering array of options not to mention Rolls-Royce's bespoke `tailoring' service, the ‘New' Silver Dawn remained in production until 1998. Expensive yet exclusive as befits the ‘World's Best Motor Car', just 237 are thought to have been made.

Manufactured in 1997, the Silver Dawn offered was finished from the factory in Red Pearl over Silica paintwork with Silica fine lines, the Dawn was specified with the Springfield interior trim that was available at the time on limited edition Silver Spurs to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Rolls-Royce manufacturing cars at Springfield, Massachusetts, and is believed unique on a Silver Dawn. Constituting Chesterfield quilted buttoned style seats, door armrests, and door panels, the interior is trimmed in Magnolia hide upholstery, Sahara carpets, and Parchment hide headlining. In addition, the interior features cocktail requisites, picnic tables with enclosed storage/laptop receptacles, and a rear armrest bottle cooler compartment.

Registered new as ‘30 PC’ on the 8th of January 1997, the Rolls-Royce had two keepers and covered the majority of its mileage during the first five years of its life. Purchased by the vendor's late father from Straight Eight Rolls-Royce and Bentley in the New Forest in 2002 as an addition to their significant private collection, chassis ‘59307’ had covered just 15,950 miles from new at this time. Pressed into gentle use during the first year of ownership, the Dawn was provided with a speedometer change later in 2002 (by Rolls-Royce Knutsford) at 16,415 miles and thereafter has only covered extremely minimal mileage as part of the collection. With just 17,600 miles from new (1,214 miles on the new odometer), this is an exceptionally low mileage example.

Supplied with a history file, it includes the original owner’s manual, stamped service book, a selection of previous MOT certificates, an MOT certificate until May 2025, sundry paperwork, and a current V5C document. Provided with a fresh service for the sale by Rolls-Royce specialists Bowling Ryan (at the end of May 2025), the Rolls-Royce started and ran well during our photography session. This highly original, very well presenting and already rare Silver Dawn is particularly special, with its Chesterfield style Springfield interior, low mileage and ownership.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Cheetham
07538 667452


Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 19th Jun, 2024

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