Lot 141 - 1967 Rolls-Royce Two-Door by Mulliner Park Ward
|Estimate||£40,000 - £50,000|
|Result||Sold - £40,320|
Rolls-Royce Motors formed Mulliner Park Ward by the 1961 merger of two of Rolls-Royce subsidiaries: Park Ward of Willesden and H. J. Mulliner & Co. of Chiswick. Mulliner Park Ward continues to operate as the vehicle customisation division of Bentley Motors Limited, the successor of Rolls-Royce Motors. The Corniche was a development of the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow with the two door variants of that model marketed as the 'Silver Shadow Mulliner Park Ward' two-door fixedhead coupé; the very handsome coachwork designed by John Polwhele Blatchley. The model was assembled and finished in London at Mulliner Park Ward as continuation of the 1965 Silver Shadow Coupé; the Corniche name was subsequently applied from 1971 for all two-door coupés. It used the standard Rolls-Royce 6750cc engine with an aluminium-silicon alloy block and aluminium cylinder heads with cast iron wet cylinder liners mated to a three-speed automatic transmission from General Motors.
The history accompanying this very distinctive example is impressive; not only does it present in excellent condition throughout but it believed to represent a pre-production model that was used by the factory to test various mechanical components back in the late 60's and thus carries some distinct difference to the standered car such as sharper front windscreen corners. The recent service log runs from 2007 to 2014 and is comprehensive as has been recognised by Classic Cars magazine that ran a seven-page feature in August 2009. Also contained within the extensive history file are the build sheets which note that air-conditioning, seatbelts all round and an eight-piece luggage set were specified (amongst others). The 73,094 mileage reading is thought to be correct and supported by the history file; also enclosed is an MoT test certificate valid until August this year. Finished in Regal Red with a grey leather interior and swathes of walnut, this rare and supremely elegant motorcar is competitively priced and very well presented.
"The thinking man's choice." - Classic Cars Magazine
Previous lotLot 140 - 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.