One of 77 Bentley Corniches built
1974 Bentley Corniche Series 1 Convertible
Chassis no. DRC17570
6,750cc OHV aluminum V8 engine
Twin SU carburetors
Three-speed automatic transmission
Four-wheel independent suspension
Four-wheel power assisted ventilated disc brakes
-One of only 45 Series I Bentley Corniches built
-Meticulously serviced and maintained
-Garage kept since new
The Bentley Corniche
In the not-too-distant past, the Corniche was the epitome of "Look at me I've achieved success!" Beverly Hills was the perfect spot to show the rest of the world that you've made it. Initially introduced in 1967 as the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Mulliner Park Ward and Bentley T Mulliner Park Ward two-door drop head coupé, (they both were renamed Corniche in 1971) they, along with their coupe and sedan counterparts, were the company's first unibody construction vehicles. Power was traditional Crewe fare, a 6.75-liter V-8 with twin SU carburetors hooked up to General Motors' superb three-speed Turbo Hydramatic automatic transmission, but the Corniche received a slight bump in horsepower compared to the sedan. Independent suspension with coil springs was augmented by Citroen's hydraulic self-leveling system built under license. Wheelcovers were a Corniche exclusive, and two-tone paint schemes were available as well. After 1974, the air inlets under the headlights disappeared. Variations exist for American market examples, such as lack of fog lights and the addition of rubber bumpers mid-year 1973 due to government regulations.
The Motorcar Offered
Not many realize that Bentley also had its version of the Corniche. Available from 1971-84, only 77 were built in those 14 years, of which 45 were Series I cars like this one. Coming from a major Rolls-Royce/Bentley club, it is in excellent condition because it has always been garaged, serviced, and maintained as you would expect for an automobile of this caliber. If you are looking to set the scene on Rodeo Drive or at the Hamptons, there is no rarer or more unique symbol of class and craftsmanship than this Bentley Corniche.