Lot 314 - 1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche

Lot 314 - 1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche

Lot 314 - 1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche

Lot Number 314
Registration BML 942T
Chassis Number CRH32634
Engine Number 32634
Odometer reading 81,000 miles
Estimate £11,000 - £16,000
Result Sold - £15,120

The Corniche was Rolls-Royce's coupé and convertible version of the Silver Shadow produced between 1971 and 1996. The Corniche was named 'Silver Shadow Mulliner Park Ward two door fixed head coupé' before 1971 when the Corniche name was applied. The exterior design was by John Polwhele Blatchley. The independent coach maker James Young had already custom-made a two-door coupe variant of the Silver Shadow, but Young's model proved less popular and was soon discontinued. The model was assembled and finished in London at Mulliner Park Ward as continuation of the 1965 Silver Shadow coupé and 1967 drophead. The Corniche was also sold as a Bentley, though that model became known as the Continental in 1984. The first car to wear the Corniche name was a 1939 prototype based on the Bentley Mk. V which was never produced because of the onset of World War II. The Corniche was available both as a coupé and convertible, with the former discontinued in 1982. The car used the standard Rolls-Royce V8 engine. It had an aluminium-silicon alloy block and aluminium cylinder heads with cast iron wet cylinder liners. The bore was 4.1 in and the stroke was 3.9 in for a total of 6.75 litres. Twin SU carburettors were initially fitted with a single Solex four barrel carburettor introduced in 1975. A four-wheel independent suspension with coil springs was augmented with a hydraulic self-levelling system at first on all four, but later in the rear wheels only. Four wheel disc brakes were specified, with ventilated discs added for 1972.

This extremely fine Rolls-Royce Corniche has been cherished by the current vendor since 2006. First registered in the UK on 14th August 1978, this beautifully styled fixedhead coupé is finished in Oxford Blue with a contrasting cream interior. Supplied with a history file, V5 registration document and a full one year MoT test certificate, this is a Rolls-Royce happy to grace any occasion.

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