June 1953 H.H. Sheikh Sir Salman bin Hamid al-Kalipah (this is written
exactly as stated on the 1953 Rolls-Royce chassis card) ordered two
left-hand drive Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn motor cars. The correct name of
His Highness perhaps should have been written Sheikh Sir Salman bin Hamid
Al-Khalifa; for centuries the Al-Khalifa Dynasty has been ruling the
island emirate in the Persian Gulf.
Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn by 1953 had been developed into the "Big
Boot, Big Bore-Version", i.e. the 4,6 litre engine with full flow oil
filter was fitted and the coachwork offered more room for luggage when
compared to early versions of the Silver Dawn. As regards outward
appearance the model was almost identical to the Bentley R. Both cars were
delivered in September 1953. This was the very last month that the model
series Silver Dawn was made for export only (in October 1953 the first 5
Silver Dawn were delivered in the home market).
Cards for #LSMF26 and #LSMF28 specified lots of extras on these cars with
the additional information FOR USE IN PERSIA. H.H. Sheikh Salman bin Hamid
Al-Khalifa didn't have the intention to use these cars as his personal
transport but handed over both cars to his sons. #LSMF28 was given to H.H.
Sheikh Isa bin Salman Al-Khalifa (who followed his father as Emir of
Bahrain) and #LSMF26 was given to H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman
Al-Khalifa (who does serve his country as Prime Minister)..