Lot 163 - 1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible
|Chassis Number||DRH 50301|
|Odometer reading||628 miles|
|Estimate||£32,000 - £38,000|
|Result||Sold - £34,720|
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 Côte 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 Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible was the subject to a restoration and update in 2003 when the car was repainted changing the colour from black to light ocean blue, fitting colour coded bumpers and replacing the wheels with later Rolls-Royce alloy wheels. At the same time, a later fuel injection engine was found; the cylinder heads were removed then fully checked over, reassembled and fitted to the car. Last year, the vendor replaced the speedo at 83,334 miles and the old unit is supplied with the car. Finished in light ocean blue with magnolia piped in blue leather interior, dark blue mohair roof, dark blue carpets and dark blue over-rugs, this Corniche is supplied with a V5C registration document and an MoT test certificate which expires in September 2017. It is presented in good order throughout and, with the better injection engine, is ready to be enjoyed straight away for continental, top-down motoring.