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Lot 226: Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible

Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 June 2012)

Originally supplied to the Fred Parkes Group of Grimsby in April 1976 and registered '10 FBP', this Corniche convertible comes with extensive history files including copies of the original build sheets (showing the car was ordered in July 1975). Subsequently the Corniche spent some time in Monte Carlo where maintenance was undertaken by British Motors, the Rolls-Royce concessionaires in the Principality. The car returned to the UK in 1996, since when it appears to have had a handful of owners and to have covered a relatively modest mileage. The current vendor purchased the Corniche at Bonhams' Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale in 2010 (Lot 311) and since then has spent in excess of 21,000 in bringing the car up to its current very good standard (invoices on file). Most of the work was carried out by D&D Motor Services of Halesowen in February 2011, including structural repairs, new sills, new A-posts, chassis box section, etc. The car was then sent to Rolls-Royce specialists DEW Services of Eynsham, Oxfordshire for further works including fitting new rear sub-frame mounts and trailing arms; new brake callipers, discs, reservoir, pump and flexi hoses; new front dampers; and new wheel bearings and track rod ends. Strikingly finished in its original colour scheme of Le Mans Blue with Magnolia interior, this very good-looking 1st-series Corniche has been fitted with Series 2 impact-resistant bumpers and alloy wheels. It is described as being in generally good condition with excellent chassis and very good engine, and has a particularly handsome interior that appears to be largely original. The dark blue Everflex hood was replaced in 2002 and is in good condition, while the power hood mechanism functions correctly. The car is offered with three specially bound files of history (including the aforementioned original build sheets which run to 35 pages), recent invoices, current road fund licence, MoT to June 2013 and Swansea V5C registration document. Recently serviced by DEW Services, this Corniche performs without fault and is a true 'drive away' purchase.

Lot Details
Auction Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles
Bonhams, Oxford, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number226
Estimate£23000-£28000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£19000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£21850
Year1976
Condition rating
Registration numberOMP 106P
Mileage-
Chassis numberDRH23397
Engine number23397
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors