The Rolls-Royce Corniche Covertible is perhaps the most desirable luxury car of its era. Blessed with gorgeous styling, effortless performance, and more than enough lounging room, it oozes class and looks good in all of the smartest locations.
Interestingly, the car was launched before its name, appearing as the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow two-door saloon in 1966. Its huge additional cost over the car it was based upon was down to its coachbuilt body, handcrafted by Mulliner Park Ward, and with a build time of six months.
The successful Convertible debuted at the Frankfurt motor show, effectively ending the serious development of this model. In 1970 power was upped – in comparison with the Silver Shadow – distancing saloon and ‘coupé’, and also helping justify the premium. A year later, the cars become known as the Corniche, and remained so until 1995.
The Corniche gained more positive rack and pinion steering in 1977, and independent rear suspension with self-levelling in 1979 – both systems would later find their way into the Silver Spirit. The hard-top Corniche was dropped in March 1981, but the convertible powered on for a further 14 years after a total production run of 3239 – a huge success.
ABOUT THIS CAR
The overall appearance of this Rolls-Royce is stunning, with bright chrome details, finished in Silver, which is complemented by striking fine coach lines and a lovely Blue soft top.
The interior is luxuriously appointed, with blue hide, sumptuous carpets and stylish wooden decor.
Having only completed 62053 miles from new, the car feels wonderful to drive. Its automatic gearbox provides effortless gear changes and a huge 6.75 litre, V8 engine provides the necessary power for all occasions.
This is an excellent example of a Corniche, that has clearly been used minimally and very carefully looked after by its previous owners – a car that remains in virtually unmarked condition and faithful to its original specification.The last owner, a collector of only the finest low mileage original cars, purchased the Corniche in 2018 from a respected marque specialist. The car has continued to be enjoyed in fine summer weather only. A great example of a Corniche that looks and drives correctly in every way. Indeed it even smells like a new example inside.
Imported from Japan, where it was previously registered since 1988, this car was sold new in the UK and imported into New Zealand in 2007 with 58972 miles.
The power hood operates faultlessly and includes a tonneau cover.
Considered by some the finest look ever from Rolls-Royce and the drawing board of designer John Polwhele Blatchley this example certainly attests to that contention.
Very well maintained, competitively priced example. Worth noting that a similar example in Wellington just recently sold at auction for the price of $161K.
Driving a Corniche is a wonderfully decadent and pleasurable experience. Yes, it’s not for shrinking violets, as you will get ogled at – but as it’s a classic, you’ll also get lots of goodwill from other drivers.
These cars are superbly engineered, and will last a lifetime. Unlike the Shadow, the market isn’t cluttered with poorly maintained examples, and that’s a good thing. A rough Rolls-Royces can empty your bank account alarmingly quickly – so, follow the guide and grab a great example – like this one.
TRANSPORT / WORLDWIDE SHIPPING CAN BE ORGANISED ON THIS VEHICLE ON BUYER'S BEHALF AT BUYERS COST.
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