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Lot 098: Rolls-Royce Corniche

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (13 July 2011)

Launched in 1971 as Rolls-Royce's coupe version of the Silver Shadow, the Corniche was a superior car to the saloon on which it was based. With fabulously elegant coachwork designed by Bill Allen, each and every one was hand built by Mulliner Park Ward in a necessarily lengthy process that took all of 20 weeks and resulted in a price some 50% higher than the standard Silver Shadow.

Only the very finest materials were used including Wilton carpeting, Connolly hide and the best burr walnut veneers, giving these cars a level of quality and glamour that surpassed that of the saloons. Engine power also went up by 10% increasing the top speed to over 120mph with acceleration to match.

The Corniche was progressively developed over time, gaining features like split-level air conditioning, rack-and-pinion steering, Bosch fuel injection and self-leveling rear suspension. Reassuringly exclusive, only 1,108 coupes were made before production ceased at the end of 1981, though a convertible version continued to be made as the flagship model in the Rolls-Royce range until 1996.

This 1975 example was supplied new to a Colonel Wharton of Nottingham who specified it in Athenian Blue with light blue leather. By 1985 it had covered 64,780 miles and over the ensuing 26 years has added little more than 1000 miles per year to the total, the odometer now showing some 97,000 miles.

The vendor has owned it since 2006 and has serviced and maintained it locally since then, in fact its most recent service was completed just 4 weeks ago. In gently mellowed condition, it performed beautifully during a brief test drive and is taxed until November 2011 and MOTd until June 2012. These handsome coupes represent an enormous amount of car for the money and with decent Shadow 1s becoming increasingly hard to find, this rare coach built coupe looks a most attractive proposition.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
TypeCar
Lot Number098
Estimate£12000-£14000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£9600
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1975
Condition rating0
Registration numberLGT 507N
Mileage-
Chassis numberCRH19422
Engine number19422
Engine capacity (cc)6750
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors