Lot 175 - 1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche Fixedhead Coupé

Lot 175 - 1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche Fixedhead Coupé

Lot 175 - 1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche Fixedhead Coupé

Lot Number 175
Registration BVV 323S
Chassis Number CRH32033
Engine Number 32033
Odometer reading 45,779 miles
Estimate £44,000 - £50,000

The Corniche was Rolls-Royce's coupé and convertible version of the Silver Shadow produced between 1971 and 1996. The Corniche was named 'Silver Shadow Mulliner Park Ward two-door fixed head coupé' before 1971 when the Corniche name was applied. The exterior design was 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 model was assembled and finished in London at Mulliner Park Ward as continuation of the 1965 Silver Shadow coupé and 1967 drophead. The Corniche was also sold as a Bentley, although that model became known as the Continental in 1984. The first car to wear the Corniche name was a 1939 prototype based on the Bentley Mk. V which was never produced because of the onset of World War II. The Corniche was available both as a coupé and convertible, with the former discontinued in 1982. The car used the standard Rolls-Royce V8 engine. It had an aluminium-silicon alloy block and aluminium cylinder heads with cast iron wet cylinder liners. A four-wheel independent suspension with coil springs was augmented with a hydraulic self-levelling system at first on all four, but later in the rear wheels only. Four-wheel disc brakes were specified, with ventilated discs added for 1972.

This stunning Corniche is finished in the superb colour combination of Silver Sand with contrasting St. James red leather interior. These supremely stylish coupés draw admiring glances wherever they appear and this example is no exception. With classic lines a Corniche strikes a perfect balance between saloon comfort and sporty aesthetics. Supplied with a V5C registration document and some service history, this luxurious British Motor car represents an ideal opportunity to enter Rolls-Royce ownership offering excellent value, given the estimate.

 

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