CHASSIS NO: SCAZA11C2TCX57060
• 1 of just 39 produced in 1996
• Presented in all-original condition
• Only 36,914 original miles from new
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6.75-litre V-8 engine, four-speed automatic transmission, electronic traction assistance system; wheelbase: 124.5”
Established in 1904 by Charles Rolls and Henry Royce, Rolls-Royce became one of the first premier British luxury automotive manufactures in Manchester, United Kingdom. The pair unveiled their first automobile in 1904 at the Paris Salon and since then the public has been hooked on their upscale forte ever since. Rolls-Royce has built an enduring reputation for wrapping elegance, luxury, and power all in one, and strive for those components to be in all their automotive models. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, the Silver Spirit and Flying Spur were two of their more popular models, Rolls-Royce wanted to create a new automobile that entailed the two. The outcome was the Silver Dawn, which was introduced in 1993 as a special edition Silver Spur. Officially on the market in 1995 and lasting until 1998, the purchase price started at $154,000, quite a hefty price tag for the day. In total, 237 Silver Dawns were built, 150 were left-hand drive while the rest were right-hand drive. For the 1996 model, a mere 39 Silver Dawns were produced in Crewe, England, all of which were produced as left-hand drive.
Being offered here is 1 of the 39 Silver Dawns produced in 1996. The car has been wonderfully maintained in its original condition, showing only 36,914 miles since new. The stealthy original black paint is in wonderful condition. Making the Silver Dawns unique is the fact that most, if not all, of the parts were carefully handcrafted. The body contours are straight and narrow all around, and the tires have been barely broken in.
The inside has also been preserved in its original and luxurious condition. The interior features black leather with brilliant red piping throughout the cabin. The black carpet is covered by ultra-comfy floor mats that are soothing to one’s feet. The expertly handcrafted walnut veneer dashboard is in great condition showing no cracks or blemishes. The climate control, dashboard controls, and gauges are all in working order. The front and rear both offer heated seats, a luxury that is still rarely seen in today production cars. The factory stereo system has been removed and replaced with an upgraded Alpine unit.
The ’96 Silver Dawns proved to be very practical cars, especially as upscale daily drivers. A new addition to the Rolls-Royce driving experience for the year was the electronic traction assistance system, it improved the overall ride quality and ensured the safety of the driver when weather and road conditions were unfavorable. The power comes from the 6.75-litre V-8 engine that puts out nearly 250 horsepower. The luxury and performance combine to create an unmatched experience, as comfort for both the driver and passengers was in the forefront of design. Accompanying this car are the original service handbook and spare tire, which can be found hidden under the carpet in the trunk.
In these days there is a lot of uncertainty, but some things do remain certain, a Rolls-Royce will be built to the highest standard of quality and the exceptional driving pleasure will be first and foremost. With its impressive condition and low worldwide production of only 39 models in the 1996 year, the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn has easily positioned itself as a collectable luxury car.