Considered the most luxurious car available for many years and among the most expensive, just about any Rolls-Royce has long been an exclusive automobile, but the 1996 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn was an exceedingly limited production vehicle, with only 39 produced by the factory in Crewe, England that year, all in left-hand drive and intended for the North American market. A grand total of just 237 Silver Dawns were produced for the global marketplace overall in the 1990s. The retail price of the Silver Dawn in 1996 started at $154,000, exclusive of any bespoke content.
When the Silver Spirit and its long-wheelbase counterpart, the Silver Spur, were substantially redesigned for the 1996 model year, the company created the Silver Dawn, based on the longer Silver Spur model. All were based on the Rolls-Royce/Bentley SZ platform and powered by the company’s famed “six and three-quarter litre” V-8 engine—a platform and powerplant shared with numerous other Rolls-Royce and Bentley models from 1980 through 2003.