1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn

Rust Free, Black Plate CA Car, LHD, Low Miles, Tour or Show!


Harry's Thoughts

This is a very nice example that is sure to help make its new caretaker many happy memories!


SOLD to New York! This is a beautiful rust-free and low mile 1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Saloon with sunroof that was a US delivery car (LHD) from new and has spent the last 50 years in California. Fully documented from new, this Rolls has been loved and adored its entire life. It comes nearly fully complete with large and small tools, manuals, a library of books, receipts from decades of service and repair. This is ready for touring or showing at regional car shows.

Long ago the Rolls benefited from a repaint in its present two tone dark blue metallic contrasted with light blue metallic. It was a high quality repaint when done and now presents itself well with minor lacquer cracking in some areas, most noticeable on the roof. This car does not need a repaint. It presents itself very handsomely and the chrome and stainless are very good to excellent. The tan coach stripes really make the paint and chrome pop!

The interior is very nice. The gray leather is new and looks excellent. The rear seat could be the original leather in excellent condition, just redyed in gray. The carpet is a gorgeous blue Wilton and looks perfectly correct. The wood is beautiful throughout and is in very nice condition. The headliner is new and looks terrific. It also has the rear window silk shade that is operated by the driver, to increase privacy and intimacy for back seat passengers. The rear seat also benefits from the vanities and of course the gorgeous picnic tables. The front passengers have the tools and manual under the dashboard.

The Rolls drives very well and feels rock solid. It definitely feels like a low mileage original car that has been well maintained. The Rolls benefited from a tear-down and rebuilding by ACME Car Service in 2000. We haven’t had time to test everything, but it all seems to work as it should. The gauges work well and the car starts right up and is extremely quiet. The temperature and oil pressure are all in line. The original leather gaiters wrapping the rear leaf springs is a testament to the low mileage and the car not seeing damp weather. They look nearly as new.

The Rolls was ordered new with wide white wall tires. Today, an older set of Firestone tires are on the car. We would love to see a set of wide white wall radials be fitted, to enhance the handling and safety.

The engine compartment and chassis would benefit from additional detailing. As stated previously, we recommend minor touch ups for the paint. It really looks brilliant! We love driving the four speed column manual transmission. It is a very sporty yet elegant experience.

HISTORY OF LSDB86: This motorcar was bought new by Frank D Gardner in Midland, Texas. He enjoyed the Rolls for the next 18 years. On September 23, 1970, Mr. Gardner sold her to Glenn Cardon in Rosemead, CA. Mr. Cardon joined the Rolls Royce Owners Club (RROC) in 1973 and drove LSDB86 through 1980. Mr. Cardon is a RROC member today. In 1980, Mr. Cardon sold the motorcar to Mr. Stephen F. Anderson of Mill Valley, CA. It was Mr. Anderson that started having the Rolls maintained and serviced at ACME Car Service in Hayward, CA. The Colgett’s have been famous in the RROC for being the leading experts at vintage Rolls and Bentley service. By 2000, the Rolls had accumulated 31,900 miles. According to Mr. Anderson, this is the true mileage. After 20 years of ownership, Mr. Anderson sold the motorcar to Richard Allen Shaw of Visalia, CA. Mr. Shaw continued to have the Rolls serviced with ACME and by 2006 it had accumulated 32,700 miles. It is now being consigned by Mr. Shaw’s cousin.

The Rolls shows just under 35,000 miles on the odometer. We aren’t sure if that is correct or not. The motorcar shows many signs of being a low mile example.

The Rolls comes complete with a library of books on Rolls and Bentley, a wonderful file history, most of the large and small tools and service and operating manuals. It also comes with a treasure trove of spare parts! This is the kind of car to buy if you are looking for a car to drive and enjoy. It has a known history from new and is gorgeous!

The Rolls is in our Phoenix, AZ showroom. For more information or to schedule a viewing, please call, text or email Harry Clark at +1.602.245.7200 or

1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn




1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn
1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn


Private Sales
FUEL Gasoline
MILES 32,000
YEAR 1952

Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn

Interesting Fact: The Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn was produced by Rolls-Royce during the years of 1949 to 1955. There were only 760 made, which makes the Silver Dawn one of the rarest vehicles to date.   An in-line six-cylinder engine was used and, when tested, the Silver Dawn had a top speed of 94 miles per…
Interesting Fact: The Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn was produced by Rolls-Royce during the years of 1949 to 1955. There were only 760 made, which makes the Silver Dawn one of the rarest vehicles to date.   An in-line six-cylinder engine was used and, when tested, the Silver Dawn had a top speed of 94 miles per hour with a 0 to 60 acceleration of 15.2 seconds. The body of the Silver Dawn itself was based off the Bentley Mark VI.   The suspension system on the Silver Dawn was top of the line, as Rolls-Royce was becoming known for, and helped to give the model the luxury rating it deserves. It features four-doors, rather than the standard two-door design of future luxury vehicles, along with a four-speed manual transmission. Due to the small number produced, the Silver Dawn is a rare find for any car collector!  



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