1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche ConvertibleSOLD
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Estimate: £18000 - £25000

Sold: £22160

The arrival of the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow and Bentley T series in late 1965 marked a major change in Rolls-Royce motor cars; previously the products of Crewe had employed a separate chassis but here was a car using unitary construction of chassis and body. This change, brought about by perceived market demands that considered the upright styling of the Silver Cloud/S series rather dated, inevitably decreed more uniform coachwork compared to the elegant designs that had gone before - but underneath the skin the new Rolls-Royce/Bentley offered even greater engineering excellence and sophistication. At the Silver Shadow‘s heart was Rolls-Royce‘s familiar alloy V8 engine retaining the same 6,230cc as in the Silver Cloud III/S3 and a power output of around 220bhp. It was in the chassis, however, that important changes were made, most notably the adoption of all round independent suspension, including a sophisticated engine pump-driven self-levelling system and disc brakes. The year after the Silver Shadow’s launch a two door coupe with coachwork by Mulliner Park Ward joined the line-up, followed in 1968 by a similarly styled drophead coupé. For 1969 all models had their interiors updated, while the following year engine capacity was increased to 6,750cc.

Two years later, in 1971, the two door coupé and drophead models were renamed Corniche, simultaneously receiving a 10% power increase over the four door Silver Shadow, which that increased top speed to 120mph and dropped the 0-60mph acceleration to 9.6 seconds. In 1972 the suspension was completely redesigned and radial tyres were fitted, greatly enhancing the car’s handling.

The example presented here today is in extremely good condition throughout. There are no blemishes or corrosion to the bodywork and the chrome is in excellent. The convertible top is also in fine order, matching the luxurious interior leather work.

One of the most revealing aspects of a Rolls-Royce is its background documentation and there is an abundance with this car. Accompanying this Corniche is the owner’s wallet, containing handbook, sales and service handbook as well other associated documents. A number of MoT test certificate are also available dating back to the late 1990’s with a fresh one about to be issued. Invoices include Specialists bills for over £20,000 from Ron Stratton & Company for extensive brake overhaul and service as well as many other sundry repairs and maintenance over the last 10 years.

Reference Number 39659

as of 2/28/2009

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Car 1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible
VIN DRH31872 
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