Lot 246 - 1973 Bentley Corniche Fixedhead Coupé
|Odometer reading||97,000 miles|
|Estimate||£27,000 - £32,000|
Rolls-Royce's adoption of unitary construction for its new Silver Shadow and T-Series Bentley necessitated the reorganisation of in-house coachbuilder H. J. Mulliner, Park Ward to meet the challenge of producing new designs on the Shadow floorpan. The variety of body styles offered was limited to just two; a two-door saloon or similar drophead coupé - the former arriving in March 1966 and the latter in September the following year. Some of the frontal panels were shared with the standard four-door saloon but otherwise the new bodyshells were unique featuring a distinctive dipping upper wing line with parallel crease and a revised, more rounded posterior. Despite the price being some 50% higher than the standard saloons, demand was strong right from the start and led to the introduction of the outwardly similar Corniche in 1971. Sales were greatly reduced during this period resulting in a Bentley being a much rarer car than the equivalent Rolls-Royce. Today, however, the revival of the Bentley marque has seen a commensurate upsurge in demand for these rare T-Series models.
This rare Bentley two-door coupé, is one of only 99 cars built between 1966 and 1976 according to the Bird & Hallows book, 'The Roll-Royce Motor Car', with very few built after 1971 sporting the Corniche badge. Finished in maroon, this car has been part of a private collection and no expense has been spared on its upkeep with in excess of £3,000 recently spent having the tan interior removed, cleaned and professionally re-connolised to the highest standard, while the woodwork has been similarly refurbished. Additionally, a bespoke Myrtle steering has been fitted to complement the interior (original steering wheel is available) and new Bilstein shock absorbers have also been fitted. Supplied by Jack Barclay on 26th June 1973. This stunning Bentley Corniche comes with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate expiring in August 2013 and the set of chassis cards and test reports supplied by the Rolls-Royce Enthusiast's Club. This is a unique opportunity to purchase one of the rarest post-war Bentleys ever built.
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