Lot 194 - 1969 Rolls-Royce Two-Door Fixedhead Coupé by Mulliner Park Ward
|Odometer reading||85,371 miles|
|Estimate||£23,000 - £28,000|
|Result||Sold - £25,000|
Rolls-Royce Motors formed Mulliner Park Ward in 1961 by merging two Rolls-Royce subsidiaries: Park Ward of Willesden, London, a Rolls-Royce subsidiary since 1939 and H. J. Mulliner & Co. of Chiswick, a Rolls-Royce subsidiary since 1959. 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 design was 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 applied from 1971 for all two-door coupés. The car used the standard Rolls-Royce V8 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.
With just 571 coupés produced by Mulliner Park Ward for Rolls-Royce, this stunning example represents a genuine opportunity to own a rare early Silver Shadow Coupé. Offered in metallic grey with a black leather interior, this vehicle was exported to the US some years ago where it resided in a warm and safe climate. It was sporadically used by the then owner to drive him to and from the country club. In early 2015, the current owner, a successful businessman from Berkshire, purchased 18 PPL, a car he had always dreamed of. It has been the subject of a restoration completed in early 2016; the restoration included all new chromes, a new fabric sunroof and some minor engine repairs along with a lovely paint finish in deep metallic grey; the car looks nearly as new. A recent service has been completed this summer; the owner added 'Apple Carplay', a modern stereo/multimedia system which brings a touch of the modern world to this quintessential classic British gentleman's car; a great opportunity to own a fabulous example with an attractive estimate.
Previous lotLot 193 - 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish (V12)
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