|1976 Corniche Convertible|
|Engine: 6.75 L V8 | Mileage: 8,579 mi | Price: SOLD|
The Corniche was Rolls-Royce's coupé and convertible version of the Silver Shadow produced between 1971 and 1996. The Corniche was named "Silver Shadow Mulliner Park Ward two door fixed head coupé " (alternatively - drop head coupé ) from 1966 until 1971 when the Corniche name was applied. The exterior design was by John Polwhele Blatchley. (The independent coachmaker James Young had already custom-made a two-door coupé variant of the Silver Shadow, but Young's model proved less popular and was soon discontinued).
The model was assembled and finished in London at Mulliner Park Ward as continuation of the 1965 Silver Shadow coupe and 1967 drophead, with the Corniche name applied in March 1971. The Corniche was also sold as a Bentley, though that model became known as the Continental in 1984. The first car to wear the Corniche name was a 1939 prototype based on the Bentley Mark V which was never produced because of the onset of World War II.
The Rolls-Royce Corniche was available both as a coupé and convertible, with the former discontinued in March 1981.
The car used the standard Rolls-Royce V8 engine. It had an aluminium-silicon alloy block and aluminium cylinder heads with cast iron wet cylinder liners. The bore was 4.1 in (104.1 mm) and the stroke was 3.9 in (99.1 mm) for a total of 6.75 L (6,750 cc/411 cuin). Twin SU carburettors were initially fitted, but were replaced with the "horribly complex" single Solex 4A1 four-barrel carburettor introduced in 1977. Desmogged export models retained the twin SU's until 1980, when Bosch fuel injection was added.
A three-speed automatic transmission (a Turbo Hydramatic 400 sourced from General Motors) was standard. A four-wheel independent suspension with coil springs was augmented with a hydraulic self-levelling system (using the same system as did Citroën, but without pneumatic springs, and with the hydraulic components built under licence by Rolls-Royce), at first on all four, but later on the rear wheels only. Four wheel disc brakes were specified, with ventilated discs added for 1972.
The car originally used a 119.75 in (3,042 mm) wheelbase. This was extended to 120 in (3,048 mm) in 1974 and 120.5 in (3,061 mm) in 1979. In total, 780 Saloons (Coupés) and 1,233 Convertibles were built, for a total of 2,013 Corniche I.
Few cars spark the flair that is associated with the Rolls Royce Corniche line. Recognized by the world over for high quality British motoring elegance, it is with good reason that these cars occupy spots in some of the most prestigious collections around the globe.
This very high quality post chrome bumper era Corniche Convertible will appeal to the buyer looking for an exceptionally clean and remarkably original car.
The cosmetic condition of this car would indeed suggest that it only had 8,500 miles. It has a high quality, older repaint in its original color. While there is some shrinkage and stress cracks in selected areas, the presentation is still very strong. The body is extremely straight and the door shut and panel match is outstanding. The chrome and stainless trim is excellent showing virtually no age, wear, or weathering. The window glass and lenses are excellent throughout. The top is a cream vinyl unit which looks to be original, is in good condition, and fits well. This car sits on unmarked wheels with new Michelin tyres.