Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn, Bentley MkVI & Bentley R-Type

The Bentley MkVI standard steel saloon was the first Rolls-Royce and Bentley model to feature a standard body – cars were no longer only sold as rolling chassis to be fitted with bespoke bodywork by one of the many coach builders. In the austere post-war years, the Rolls-Royce image was seen to be a little too extravagant, and this model was only produced as a Bentley for a few years, to be followed by the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn, which initially was only available to the export (mostly American market).

The Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith was produced on the same chassis (although extended wheel bases were usually produced) to be supplied to coach builders for bespoke bodies. Bodies were mostly built by the familiar coach builders such as Park Ward, Hooper, James Young and HJ Mulliner.