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Lot 327: Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible

Motorcycle and Motorcars, Bonhams & Butterfields (14 November 2009)

"The name Corniche has been chosen for the latest coachbuilt models because it symbolizes their higher cruising speeds and their ability to cover greater distances with the minimum of fatigue for driver and passengers," announced Rolls-Royce in 1971. Introduced in March that year, the Corniche was a revised version of the Mulliner Park Ward-bodied two-door variants of the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow and Bentley T-Series saloons. The engine was Rolls-Royce's familiar 6,750cc aluminium-alloy V8, in Corniche form producing around ten percent more power than standard and capable of propelling the car to a top speed in excess of 120mph with sports car-beating acceleration to match. The Corniche received Rolls' advanced split-level air conditioning system along with a re-designed fascia in 1976,. Despite a sky-high asking price, the model proved a major success for Rolls-Royce; periodically revised and up-dated, it remained in production well into the 1990s, the last (Convertible) examples being delivered in 1995.

Delivered new in Paris, this outstandingly well preserved 1975 Corniche Convertible has enjoyed just one meticulous owner, who imported the car to the US in 1982. Covering a 35,000-or-so kilometers (22,000 miles) from new. This left-hand drive model finished most attractively in the two-tone color scheme of black over silver with tan Connolly hide interior, is described as 'excellent' in every department. The car is offered with tool kit, owner's wallet/handbook, and service records.

Lot Details
Auction Motorcycle and Motorcars
Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles
TypeCar
Lot Number327
Estimate$35000-$40000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$62000
Hammer Price (inc premium)$72540
Year1975
Condition rating1
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number
Engine number19178
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors