Lot 238 - 1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible
|Estimate||£29,000 - £34,000|
|Result||Sold - £31,000|
The origins of the Corniche came from the continuation of the 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow fixedhead coupé and 1967 drophead coupé, 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 design 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 splendid Corniche, presented in Porcelain White coachwork with parchment hide interior and contrasting dark blue power hood, was originally sold and fastidiously cared for by Appleyard of Leeds Rolls-Royce. A clearly cherished example, there are eight stamps present in the service schedule book up to 1984 and 51,069 miles. In the summer of 1984, a successful nightclub owner purchased the Corniche and decided upon a number of upgrades to suit his lifestyle including having all woodwork stripped, lacquered and polished before refitting alongside a bespoke Blaupunkt radio cassette system and BT mobile car phone (still present to this day) as well as a new steering wheel, new clocks and rather expensive wire wheels. The plan to upgrade and dye the veneered woodwork to blue appears to have been put to one side after the raft of original upgrades; also during this extensive dash-work, the speedometer was replaced with the mileage therefore becoming zero, the mileage from that day forth was considered plus an estimated 55,000 miles with paperwork to demonstrate this. With new ownership and its new upgrades, this example covered very few miles between 1985 and 1995 with just a further 13,000 miles being added. Since then, it has been predominantly garaged but for regular MoT tests leaving the speedometer reading of just 13,987 (est. total 68,987 miles) to date. It has recently had a service with Brooklands Garage which included a new rear sub-frame, renewal of all brake pipes, fuel hoses and even replacement of a new air conditioning compressor; the service and maintenance was extensive and as such should instil confidence in any prospective buyer. This fine Corniche is accompanied by an MoT test certificate expiring in October 2016, original handbooks, a wealth of other MoT test certificates to help warrant the mileage and a bespoke car cover is even offered to keep her warm this winter!
*Interested parties should note that the current number plate is to be retained and a new, age-related plate will be issued instead