18,000 miles from new,2001 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible  Chassis no. SCAZK29E21CH68620 Engine no. 102651L410M/T2T/R

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Lot 333
18,000 miles from new,2001 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible
Registration no. LJ51 LYF Chassis no. SCAZK29E21CH68620 Engine no. 102651L410M/T2T/R

Sold for £ 111,500 (US$ 134,581) inc. premium
18,000 miles from new
2001 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible
Registration no. LJ51 LYF
Chassis no. SCAZK29E21CH68620
Engine no. 102651L410M/T2T/R

Footnotes

  • The original Corniche convertible had been a major success for Rolls-Royce, so the revival of the model in 1999 after a gap of five years caused considerable excitement. In fact, so enthusiastic was the response from eager customers that the company air freighted the first seven cars to California rather than sending them by sea! One of the final Rolls-Royce models to be developed at the Crewe factory, the Corniche was based on the Bentley Azure that had debuted at Geneva in 1995. The famous Italian styling house of Pininfarina – a firm with unrivalled experience in the design of soft-top Gran Turismos – had been chosen to develop the Azure on the four-seater Continental R platform, and there was no questioning that the result was most successful. But although the Corniche was recognisably a close relative, in actual fact nearly every one of its outer panels was different, while the wood-embellished interior was most definitely more traditional Rolls-Royce than modern Bentley.
    Beneath the skin the two cars shared the same turbo-charged V8 engine, automatic transmission and adaptively damped suspension, although in every department the Corniche had been subtly altered to provide the more refined and relaxed driving experience preferred by the typical Rolls-Royce owner. Maximum power was down 60bhp from the Azure’s 385 horsepower, yet remained sufficient to propel this weighty motor car to a top speed of 135mph with 60 coming up in eight seconds, not that such vulgarities would be of much concern to the majority of Corniche owners. A stiffer bodyshell, new hydraulic engine mounts, lighter steering, softer suspension and special Avon tyres all contributed to characteristics more boulevard than sporting, which is exactly what its target market expected.
    Costing £250,000 in the UK at time of launch, the Corniche more than lived up to its illustrious name and proved an immense success, especially in North America where its combination of unmatched luxury, effortless performance and soft-top style was found highly attractive. Sadly, Rolls-Royce’s reorganisation under new owners BMW meant that models powered by the old pushrod V8 would have a limited lifespan, and when production ceased in 2003 a total of only 374 Corniches had been built.
    A 2002 model first registered on 21st December 2001, this Corniche convertible was purchased by the vendor in 2006 and has seen little use since. Presented in very good order having covered only 18,000 miles from new, the car is accompanied by full service history and represents a rare opportunity to acquire a example of this rare and highly sought-after soft-top Rolls-Royce at a fraction of its price when new. Offered with current MoT and Swansea V5.
18,000 miles from new,2001 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible  Chassis no. SCAZK29E21CH68620 Engine no. 102651L410M/T2T/R
18,000 miles from new,2001 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible  Chassis no. SCAZK29E21CH68620 Engine no. 102651L410M/T2T/R
18,000 miles from new,2001 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible  Chassis no. SCAZK29E21CH68620 Engine no. 102651L410M/T2T/R
18,000 miles from new,2001 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible  Chassis no. SCAZK29E21CH68620 Engine no. 102651L410M/T2T/R
18,000 miles from new,2001 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible  Chassis no. SCAZK29E21CH68620 Engine no. 102651L410M/T2T/R
18,000 miles from new,2001 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible  Chassis no. SCAZK29E21CH68620 Engine no. 102651L410M/T2T/R
18,000 miles from new,2001 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible  Chassis no. SCAZK29E21CH68620 Engine no. 102651L410M/T2T/R
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