Lot 431: Rolls-Royce Corniche II Convertible
The Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow was a landmark car in the history of Rolls-Royce being the Crewe factory's first unitary-construction model. The stylish and pricey two-door drophead version, finished by Mulliner, Park Ward in London, was introduced in 1967 and from 1971 became known as the Corniche, a name previously used by the company for a prewar exclusive Bentley prototype which never went into production. The well tried aluminum V8 engine was adopted, displacing 6,750cc, driving through a Turbo Hydramatic 400 three speed automatic gearbox sourced from General Motors. For the Corniche model power output was enhanced by about 10%, providing greater torque and giving the car a top speed on the order of 120mph. The independent coil spring suspension provided the smoothest of rides, complemented by a hydraulic self-leveling system to the rear. Perceived early shortcomings in the braking department were eliminated in 1972 with the introduction of ventilated disc brakes. Minor enhancements for the Corniche II of 1977 included alloy and rubber bumpers, an aluminum radiator, the addition of an oil cooler and, for the North American market, a driver's airbag. This example was acquired by the current owner last spring and is understood to have previously resided in a single California ownership from new, which no doubt accounts for its very clean order. Presented in the popular scheme of lipstick red and with corresponding tan leather interior with red piping, the interior shows only light aging and is complete with its original woolen rugs. In the last year the Rolls has benefited from considerable expenditure, which has included a full suspension rebuild and all told there are bills on file for approximately $15,000. It is noted that the top electrics are not currently operational, but that lowering and raising the top manually is a relatively easy operation. At the time of acquisition its mileage was around 34,000 and over the course of the last year or so this has risen only a further 7,000. Testifying to its reliability, the car will be driven some 450 miles to the auction. Offered complete with factory replacement handbooks and four volume workshop manual, this 2 owner car is extremely well presented and ready to be enjoyed.
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Bonhams, Greenwich, Connecticut
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