Rolls-Royce Corniche II
With the release of the smaller Silver Shadow, Rolls-Royce made a dramatic departure from its much larger Silver Clouds of years past. The two-door Corniche models, launched in 1971, brought a whole new group of buyers into the Rolls-Royce dealerships. With production continuing through 1996 (before a re-introduction in 2000), the stately, elegant and exceptionally luxurious Corniche was one of the most desirable and distinctive Rolls-Royces ever offered – a symbol of prestige the world over.
Model year 1989 was the final year of the Corniche II model. All were convertibles and had been upgraded from previous years in numerous ways. With regard to cosmetics, the bumpers were changed, new wheels were available and warning lights were fitted to the exterior. The most obvious interior changes were to the ash, center console and seats, all of which were redesigned. Mechanically, the vehicle was improved with a few components for safety and dependability, namely the standard fitment of fuel-injection in all markets. Anti-lock brakes were standard as well, and the suspension was markedly refined. Enthusiasts generally consider 1989 to have been the best year for the Corniche II. Power came from a dependable and well established 6.75-liter V8 engine mated to a three-speed automatic transmission.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona and in March of 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
6,750 cc overhead valve V8 engine, three-speed automatic transmission, lower wishbones with coil springs and anti-roll bar in front, independent rear suspension with semi-trailing arms and coil springs, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 119.5"
Source: RM Auctions
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