Lot 218 - 1974 Rolls-Royce Corniche Fixedhead Coupé
|Odometer reading||57,000 miles|
|Estimate||£15,000 - £20,000|
|Result||Sold - £23,520|
The Corniche was Rolls-Royce's coupé and convertible version of the Silver Shadow and was produced between 1971 and 1996. The original Corniche was a prototype based on the Bentley Mark V featuring coachwork by the Paris firm, Carrosserie Vanvooren. The single car undertook 15,000 miles (24,000 km) of endurance testing in Europe before being blown up by a bomb at Dieppe while waiting at the dockside to be shipped to England. The Corniche was originally named 'Silver Shadow Mulliner Park Ward Two Door Fixedhead Coupé' before 1971 when the Corniche name, which had been registered in the 1930s, was applied. The model was assembled and finished in London at Mulliner Park Ward as a continuation of the 1965 Silver Shadow coupé and 1967 drophead coupé, with the exterior being designed by John Polwhele Blatchley. The independent coach maker, James Young, had already custom-made a two-door coupé variant of the Silver Shadow but Young's model proved less popular and was soon discontinued. The Corniche was also sold as a Bentley although that model became known as the Continental in 1984.
This very good Rolls-Royce Corniche Fixedhead Coupé was first registered in the UK on 27th March 1974. Fitted with the usual refinements of air conditioning, electric seats and electric windows, this car was also supplied, when new, with a rare electric tilt and slide steel sunroof. Finished in Seychelles Blue metallic, this Corniche was repainted in 1981 in the original colour, whilst the magnolia leather interior was re-connolised at a later date. The vehicle was exported to Germany in 2006 and became part of a private collection for the last for years and has just returned to the UK. The car will be issued with a NOVA certificate if it is to remain in the UK and is supplied with the German registration document, a UK MoT test certificate which expires at the end of January 2017, copies of the original chassis cards and a file of invoices. This Corniche Fixedhead Coupé is in good condition throughout only requiring minor cosmetic restoration to return it to excellent condition.
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