Classics, passion for the past

1954 Rolls-Royce Silver-Dawn 4 ½ Litre Automatic Saloon SNF109

£ 42500

Body Saloon
Odometer
Fuel type Petrol
Transmission Automatic
Exterior Color Ivory
Interior Color Beige
Upholstery Other
Steering Rhd
VIN SNF109
Having spent the whole of its life in Australia until 2015, this car is in remarkably sound, rust free condition – very important for these models. In addition, the car is a desirable 4½ litre example, in smart condition, finished in its original colour scheme of Ivory and black, and has a very impressive set of original tools. Running well, driving nicely, fitted with a very appropriate set of radial tyres (not shown in the photos), and offered serviced and newly MoT tested. Overall, a great specimen of a rare specification car, ready to use and enjoy.


Chassis No. SNF109 Reg. No. 568 UYO

Snippets: Sydney’s most extravagantly dressed woman.
SNF109 was delivered to Mrs Violet Clara Chessher, the widow & 2nd wife of the wealthy entrepreneur Leonard Alfred Millichamp Chessher (1875/1936). The Sydney newspapers were full of the extravagant gifts that he bought for Violet - in 1917 for her birthday celebrations Leon threw a dinner party at the Australia Hotel (the most luxurious place to be seen) with each lady attending being given a bouquet of flowers & a box of chocolates. In 1922 Leon & Violet Chessher left by the Cruise ship the SS Narkunda for a world tour – they were away for 12 months & upon their return to Australia she was given the gift of a Rolls-Royce 20hp! In 1928 the papers reported that “Mrs Chessher is the only woman yet discovered in Sydney who has everything she wants.” A bold statement but it would appear that Leonard’s gifts to Violet certainly gave that impression with diamond rings one being the size of a shilling, a Russian lynx fur coat worth £2,000 & of course the Rolls-Royce! After Leon’s death Violet carried on living in the style to which she had become accustomed and in 1937 she bought a Rolls-Royce 25/30 and 15 years later, this Silver Dawn.