Lot 128 - 1968 Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe by MPW
|Chassis Number||CRH 5023|
|Odometer reading||50,187 miles|
|Estimate||£18,000 - £24,000|
|Result||Sold - £24,640|
The motor industry's almost wholesale switch to unitary construction and, in particular, Rolls-Royce's adoption of the method for building its new Silver Shadow, meant that by the mid-1960s the market for traditional coachbuilt automobiles had been severely curtailed. Of the many hundreds of firms trading pre-war, just two - James Young and the now combined firm of H J Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd. - were left to meet the demand for a coachbuilt Rolls-Royce or Bentley, though these might be more accurately termed conversions rather than 100% bespoke creations. Recalling its glamorous Grands Routiers of pre-war days, such as the Phantom II Continental, Rolls-Royce's final coachbuilt models - entrusted to the company's in-house coachbuilder H J Mulliner, Park Ward - were limited to just two, a two-door coupé or similar convertible, the former arriving in March 1966.
This righthand drive convertible is finished in the most attractive colours of red with a beige leather interior and a matching red hood; this must represent one of the most desirable post-war, coach-built Rolls-Royce's. Supplied with a V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate, this will require a little time and investment however she is extremely well estimated to allow any new owner to take this into account. The car is a solid example and shows no real sign of corrosion in the usual spots and we advised by the vendor that she runs well. The ample chrome appears to be in good order as does the leather interior.This Rolls-Royce is eminently useable for any occasion and, being from a very small number of examples made, will be an attractive addition to any collection of high quality motorcars.
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