Lot 190 - 1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Mulliner Park Ward
|Odometer reading||40,988 miles|
|Estimate||£46,000 - £51,000|
- Rare example
- £15,000 recent recommissioning
Rolls-Royce Motors formed Mulliner Park Ward by the 1961 merger of 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 which was first seen in 1966 followed by the convertible version in 1967. The very handsome coachwork design was by John Polwhele Blatchley. The model was assembled and finished in London at Mulliner Park Ward as a continuation of the 1965 Silver Shadow Coupé, the Corniche name was applied from 1971 to all two-door coupés and convertibles.
This rare Rolls-Royce was originally registered to the U.K. in March 1970. The car was exported to California and spent its life in the Golden State. This quintessentially British automobile must have been an impressive sight in America’s 31st State. This right hand drive example presents well in the period colour combination of cream and brown coachwork over a beige interior. The car was returned to the U.K. in 2022 and the registration process is in hand. On its return, this impressive Rolls-Royce has benefitted from a £15,000 recommissioning by marque specialist Ghost Motors of Claygate Cross, Kent. Full details of the comprehensive works are in the history file and include new window motors, four new tyres, new exhaust system, four new headlamps and a new battery. With only 505 early Mulliner Park Ward convertibles built this is an opportunity to purchase a rare car with recent expenditure. The car is supplied with copies of the original order forms and chassis cards supplied by the RREC and should prove to be a good investment.
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