The Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn received the revised body design used on the new R-type Bentley launched at the same time. The new bodyshell had the much larger "crocodile" boot (trunk) lid design which increased luggage space. The Silver Dawn was now available on the home market for the first time since the model first appeared.
Mechanically the new Silver Dawn used the same "big bore" 4566cc engine as before, now mated to an automatic gearbox on all but a few cars. As before most cars carried standard steel bodies although there were some pretty coachbuilt cars. The Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn lasted until 1955 when it was replaced by the more modern Silver Cloud.