Classics, passion for the past

1950 Rolls-Royce Silver-Dawn Small Boot Saloon SBA104

£ 44500

Body Saloon
Fuel type Petrol
Transmission Manual
Exterior Color Green
Interior Color Brown
Upholstery Leather
A desirable car for several reasons, not least of which is that the car has spent most of its life in Australia, benefitting greatly from the warm dry climate, and consequently nicely free of corrosion, which these cars can suffer badly from. We tend to consider the structural condition of many of the early post-war models to be of much greater significance than any other single aspect of condition. In addition, the car is one of a small number of RHD, ‘small boot’ versions built, and is very appealing cosmetically, being nicely painted in an attractive two tone green colour scheme, and the interior is gorgeous, with lovely brown leather, very well upholstered and with excellent, fresh-looking headlining and attractive veneers. Mechanically very good too, driving nicely, and very unusually, fitted with air conditioning. Very well-suited radial tyres complete the picture, and the car is offered serviced and newly MoT tested.

Chassis No. SBA104 Reg. No. KXS 404

Snippets: Australian Philanthropist
The first owner of SBA104 was Ernest William Richards Connibere (1862/1957) who, together with his brothers Charles (1864/1941) and Frederick (1868/1945) started the firm of Connibere, Grieve & Connibere in 1889, (Grieve died in 1899). The firm expanded & in 1920 the company was sold to Sargoods & invested their funds in commercial property. All 3 brothers remained as bachelors & their sister Emma also remained resolutely single. The Connibere’s financial donations enabled the building of a maternity wing at the Women’s Hospital, 3 orthopaedic wards at Mount Eliza Hospital, the support of various missions and much much more. In 1941 after Charles’s death Ernest & Frederick gave £138,000 to the Royal Melbourne Hospital for a nurses wing to be built in memory of Charles. In 1945 Ernest gave yet more money to Melbourne Mission, Ormond College and St Andrew’s Hospital and a kindergarten at Port Melbourne. Ernest was interview in 1954 and when asked about his life he declared that his one hobby was “service to my fellow man”, during their lifetimes the 3 brothers and sister had given over £750,000 to good causes, and as was only fitting upon his death his estate valued at circa £300,000 was given to charity.