one of only 2 produced with this unusual colour combination,1977 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible Chassis no. DRH24862 Engine no. 24862

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Lot 8
1977 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible
Coachwork by H J Mulliner, Park Ward Chassis no. DRH24862 Engine no. 24862

€ 45,000 - 55,000
US$ 50,000 - 62,000
one of only 2 produced with this unusual colour combination
1977 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible
Coachwork by H J Mulliner, Park Ward

Chassis no. DRH24862
Engine no. 24862
'The name Corniche has been chosen for the latest coachbuilt models because it symbolises their higher cruising speeds and their ability to cover greater distances with the minimum of fatigue for driver and passengers.' - Rolls-Royce.
Rolls-Royce's adoption of unitary construction for its new Silver Shadow and T-Series Bentley necessitated the reorganisation of in-house coachbuilder H J Mulliner, Park Ward to enable it to produce new designs on the Shadow floorpan. Recalling the firm's glamorous Grands Routiers of pre-war days such as the Phantom II Continental, these final coachbuilt models were limited to just two, a two-door coupé or similar convertible, the former arriving in March 1966 and the latter in September the following year. These exclusive cars were hand built in the best traditions of British coachbuilding using only materials of the finest quality including Wilton carpeting, Connolly hide and burr walnut veneers, such painstaking attention to detail resulting in a price some 50% higher than that of the standard Silver Shadow. Nevertheless, demand for these more glamorous alternatives to the much more numerous four-door model was strong right from the start, a state of affairs that resulted in them being given their own model name - 'Corniche' - in March 1971. In Corniche form Rolls-Royce's well-tried 6.7-litre V8 produced around 10% 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. Progressively developed, the Corniche received Rolls's advanced split-level air conditioning system along with a redesigned fascia in 1976 - the first Rolls-Royce model to do so - and in 1977 benefited from the many improvements - most notably rack-and-pinion steering - introduced on the 'Shadow II range. Despite its sky-high asking price, the model proved a major success for Rolls-Royce; periodically revised and up-dated, it remained in production well into the 1990s, the last (Convertible) examples being delivered in 1995.

This right-hand drive Corniche was delivered to the Rossleigh Ltd dealership in Edinburgh on 23rd November 1976 and first registered on 2nd February 1977. The car is finished in Ivory with dark brown interior trim and matching hood, and is one of only two with this unusual colour combination. Purchased by the current owner in 1998, the car is described as in generally very good condition and offered with a Corniche brochure, sales and service handbook, copy factory build sheet, bill of sale (1998), maintenance invoice (1998), old UK V5 registration document and current Austrian registration papers.

Cette Rolls-Royce Corniche à conduite à droite a été livrée au distributeur Rossleigh Ltd à Edimbourg le 23 novembre 1976 et immatriculée pour la première fois le 2 février 1977. La voiture peinte en ivoire avec sellerie en cuir brun et capote assortie est une des deux voitures seulement livrées dans cette inhabituelle combinaison de couleurs. Acquise par l'actuel propriétaire en 1998, la voiture décrite comme étant en très bon état général est offerte avec un catalogue Corniche, un manuel d'entretien, copie de la fiche de fabrication d'usine, facture d'achat (de 1998), facture d'entretien (1998), ancien document d'immatriculation V5 du Royaume-Uni et ses papiers d'immatriculation autrichiens.
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one of only 2 produced with this unusual colour combination,1977 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible Chassis no. DRH24862 Engine no. 24862
one of only 2 produced with this unusual colour combination,1977 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible Chassis no. DRH24862 Engine no. 24862
one of only 2 produced with this unusual colour combination,1977 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible Chassis no. DRH24862 Engine no. 24862
one of only 2 produced with this unusual colour combination,1977 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible Chassis no. DRH24862 Engine no. 24862
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