An aristocratic Rolls-Royce is about to go under the Charthouse hammer in their classic and vintage cars auction on Sunday 15th July 2018.
Associate Director, auctioneer and valuer, Matthew Whitney said:
“Rarely do you come across a car with such interesting history.
“The car has survived quite well over the past over the past 68 years although the blue leather seats have suffered over the decades but this was probably down to the heat of Africa rather than the bottoms of Royalty!”
The 1951 Silver Dawn has been well and truly soaked in Royalty and boasts a convincing pedigree. Produced by the proud British marque at their Crewe works between 1949 and 1955, the Dawn was one of only 760 produced and came with a factory built body and chassis which was shared with the Bentley Mark VI until 1952.
Transported shortly afterwards to Kenya via SS Dunotter Castle, the car settled in Mombassa and would have been used for the visit of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh had not King George VI not passed away during the royal couple’s tour cutting their visit short with them having to return to Britain.
Princess Margaret used the Silver Dawn during her East African tour in 1956. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, also used it on her tour in 1963.
Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, rode in the Rolls-Royce at the Kenyan independence celebrations in 1963. Selassie, who was a diminutive person, used a purple cushion to sit on in the car rather like a modern day booster seat.
Jomo Kenyatta was also known to have sometimes used this Rolls-Royce. It was understood that he regarded this car to have more presence than that provided by the Kenyan State.
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Moving Forward In Time
Moving forward in time, the Silver Dawn was purchased once again in 1970 by Dermot Kydd, himself a a British diplomat. Dermot, and his wife Sylvia, happily drove the Rolls-Royce in Africa for the next 43 years until they returned to England followed by their beloved Roll-Royce transported amongst a cargo of flowers in a Beverley freight aircraft.
Today, this 1951 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn which has ferried members of the Royal family, an Emperor of Ethiopia and a Kenyan President, is estimate at £34,000-38,000* when it is being sold by Charterhouse at their auction at Sherborne Castle on Sunday 15th July.
For further information regarding these auctions please contact Matthew Whitney or Richard Bromell at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or via email email@example.com
*plus 13.2% buyer’s premium (inc VAT)