THIS CAR HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN AND WILL NOW BE IN OUR NEXT SALE ON 12th JULY
Apologies for any inconvenience caused. Technically it is also a Mulliner Park Ward Coupe rather than a Corniche as stated.
Launched in 1971 as Rolls-Royce's coupe version of the Silver Shadow, the Corniche was a superior car to the saloon on which it was based.
With fabulously elegant 'Coke-bottle' styling by John Blatchley, each and every one was hand built by Mulliner Park Ward in a necessarily lengthy process that took all of 20 weeks and resulted in a price some 50% higher than the standard Silver Shadow. Only the very finest materials were used including Wilton carpeting, Connolly hide and the best burr walnut veneers, giving these cars a level of quality and glamour that surpassed that of the saloons.
Engine power also went up by 10% increasing the top speed to 130mph with acceleration to match – 0-60 in 7.9 secs. Tweaks to the suspension and steering geometry gave a sportier ride and a special low-loss exhaust and new dashboard were also adopted. A three-speed Turbo Hydramatic 400 automatic transmission was standard, with independent suspension all round, self-levelling at the rear. Four wheel disc brakes were specified, with ventilated discs added for 1972.
The Corniche was progressively developed over time, gaining features like split-level air conditioning, rack-and-pinion steering, Bosch fuel injection and self-levelling rear suspension, along with a minor restyling in 1977. Reassuringly exclusive, only 1,090 Corniche coupes and 3,239 convertibles were made before the Corniche II came along in 1988, production of the convertible model soldiering on as the flagship model in the Rolls-Royce range until 1996.
Supplied new in February 1970 by Jack Barclay of London in Alpine Grey with a red vinyl roof and a Scarlet hide interior, this Corniche has had just three owners from new and was first owned by a Mr AH Dallimore with addresses in both the Scilly Isles and Craignish Castle in Argyll, Scotland. Dallimore kept the car until 1986 and used it extensively, his two far-apart addresses no doubt accounting for the fact that it clocked up 100,000 miles in its first two years, the clock currently showing some 177,850 miles.
The current keeper acquired the car in 1994 and has used it rather less often, old MOTs showing that it has only covered some 5,000 miles in the last 28 years, having been mainly kept in storage for the last dozen years or more. Recently recommissioned for sale including a service and a thorough brake overhaul, it is due to have a fresh MOT in time for the sale and appears to be in good condition throughout with a particularly well-preserved and attractive red leather interior.
Although the service book is missing, it comes with a very large file of invoices showing meticulous upkeep from new until 1985 (at 159,362 miles), various old MOTs from 1989 to 1999 plus the original owner’s handbook and warranty card, still in the original wallet. The personalised and transferable number plate is also included and no doubt has a value of its own.