Lot 215 - 1973 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible

Lot 215 - 1973 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible

Lot 215 - 1973 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible

Lot Number 215
Registration PKE 233L
Chassis Number DRH15317
Engine Number 15317
Odometer reading 82,395 miles
Result Sold - £96,320
  • Fully restored at a cost over £250,000
  • Covered less than 1500 since restoration

Introduced in March of 1971, the Corniche was a revised version of the H J Mulliner, Park Ward-bodied two-door variants of the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow and Bentley T-Series saloons, themselves notable as the Crewe factory's first unitary-construction cars. They featured the finest engineered technologies of the day, such as independent suspension, disc brakes in all four corners, and fuel injected power plants. In Corniche form, Rolls-Royce's well-tried 6.75-liter V8 produced around ten percent more power than standard and proved capable of propelling the car to a top speed in excess of 120mph with sports car-beating acceleration to match. The model proved a major success for Rolls-Royce, and although its exterior style remained recognizably Silver Shadow, the Corniche benefited from the regular updates and improvements made to the contemporary Silver Spirit range. Remaining in production well into the 1990s, the last convertible examples were delivered in 1995.

This stunning 1973 Rolls-Royce Corniche was supplied new to Mr H A Gover in South Belfast through Hadley Green Garage with the special order of a decanter and two glasses in the passenger door Pocket. Purchased by the previous owner in 2015, a private classic car collector, who sent the car to marque specialists Chelsea Workshop to completely restore the car from the ground up in his own colour scheme after two years and spending over £250,000 resulting in this beautiful Corniche Convertible. Since its completion the car has covered less than 1500 miles. Finished in cream with white soft top and cream leather interior it still retains the decanter and glasses in the passenger door. It is supplied with a V5 registration document and a large file containing invoices which show what has been done to the car and a set of the chassis cards supplied by the RREC. This has to be one of the best examples available anywhere in the world and if the colour of the piping on the seats is not to the new owners taste it would be a very inexpensive to have them re-coloured.

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