Lot 149 - 1985 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible Series II
|Odometer reading||69,992 miles|
|Estimate||£26,000 - £35,000|
|Result||Sold - £40,320|
A term in both French and Italian for a coastal road, the name 'Corniche' was registered by Rolls-Royce in the 1930's yet was only designated to a production model in 1971 after which time the Mulliner Park Ward customisations to coupé and convertible Silver Shadow limousine, took this name. The Coachwork was designed by John Polwhele Blatchley and is characterised in particular by the uplifted waistline above the rear wheel-arches. When launched in 1971, the Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible was the most expensive British car on the market. The introduction of features such as rack-and-pinion steering, rubber bumpers and bi-level air conditioning resulted in demarcation of the production as 'Series II' from 1977 onwards before the name changed to 'Corniche II' in 1986 for the US market following further modifications. Most sources indicate that 3,224 Corniche Convertibles were built of which 2,006 were Series II cars. Rolls-Royce had varying degrees of success with export sales and very roughly 25-30% of Series II cars would have been sold to export markets.
Our example is a lefthand drive, Series II, delivered new by Marty Motors Corp, New York on 30th January 1985. There is was bought by the Tycoon Jack Kent Cooke who had purchased none other than the Chrysler Building in that city. It was specified with Royal Blue coachwork with tan hide Connelly leather interior and tan Everflex electric convertible roof. The original owners wallet, with delivery card, remains with the vehicle along with owner's manual, audio guide, warranty pamphlets and service booklet (with stamped entries in New York, Palm Beach, Florida and Maryland). The Rolls-Royce master key is also present. It was privately imported to the UK last year and has been subject to work on the suspension and overhaul of the braking system by an independent specialist who for many years worked on the Corniche whilst at HR Owen, Western Avenue, London at the time when Rolls-Royce was still manufacturing the Corniche and selling many from that flagship dealership. This most elegant low-mileage example is beautifully poised and reported by the private owner to drive majestically. The car is presented in good order throughout and with eight months MoT test certificate, is ready to be enjoyed straight away for continental top-down motoring.
Interested parties should note that the current number plate is to be retained and a new aged-related plate issued instead.
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