Lot 305 - 1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible
|Odometer reading||64,000 miles|
|Estimate||£28,000 - £34,000|
The origins of the Corniche came from the continuation of the 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow coupé and 1967 drophead, constructed by the famed coachbuilder Mulliner Park Ward in London. The car was named after the stunning roads along the Cote d'Azur in France and was an elegant two door car available with either a coupé or convertible body. By 1982, the coupé had ceased production but convertibles continued to be built until 1996. The first Rolls-Royce to wear the Corniche name was a 1939 prototype based on the Bentley Mk. V, although this was never produced due to the onset of World War II. The car used the standard Rolls-Royce V8 engine as fitted to the Silver Shadow and had an aluminium-silicon alloy block and aluminium cylinder heads with cast iron wet cylinder liners. The fuel system was in the form of twin SU carburettors which were later replaced with Bosch fuel injection from 1980 onwards.
This lefthand drive Corniche Convertible is described by the vendor as simply stunning having only covered 64,000 miles since being registered in 1978 in the USA. Imported to the United Kingdom in 2012 from Florida, it has been fully checked through and is ready for use. Finished in bronze with tan leather interior, the condition of this Corniche Convertible has to be viewed to be appreciated; with the unmarked carpets as original as the power hood. This Corniche is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in December 2013 and a copy of the Certificate of Title from the State of Florida. It is rare to see such a splendid example as this, and clearly this Rolls-Royce Corniche will provide elegant touring for years to come.
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