Rolls-Royce Corniche Saloon
Though Corniche Two-Door Saloon production officially ended in 1977, this vehicle was the last coupé Rolls-Royce produced and was delivered in 1979 after which it was transformed by its original and current owner, the Hooper Corporate Collection. The one-owner, one-off car was custom-built to the vendor’s specifications with no expense spared at the time of construction. Everything is hand-crafted and bespoke to this particular Corniche. The cost of Hooper’s custom coachwork far exceeded the original price of the car when new. The work took some 18 months to complete with thousands of hours of work and hundreds of major and minor changes.
In addition to the dramatic turquoise metallic colour, the exterior has been specially fitted with a limousine-style back window along with a Silver Spirit front-end and rear section to give the car a more modern and classic, albeit updated, look. It has also been fitted with chrome wire wheels, fog lights, bespoke twin exhausts, and chrome rocker panel sills to complete the exterior transformation. It has also been fitted with Bailey sport suspension components, which give the car more agile driving dynamics not usually associated with Rolls-Royce automobiles. The interior is swathed in Connelly leather, including the dash and steering wheel which are covered to match the striking exterior colour. The centre console of the car is equipped with a Howard Becker (of Beverly Hills) stereo entertainment system that cost well over $30,000. Mechanically the car has not been changed from its original configuration when delivered.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2010 at the Battersea Evolution, London.
6,750 cc OHV V-8, three-speed automatic transmission, power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes, four-wheel independent suspension, hydraulic height control system. Wheelbase: 120.5"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Tom Wood