Rolls-Royce Corniche Cabriolet

Rolls-Royce introduced the Corniche in 1971 as the coupé and cabriolet version of the Silver Shadow. While its crisp styling represented a new direction for Rolls-Royce, its presence and luxurious appointments left no doubt as to its maker. The coupé variant was discontinued in 1982, but the cabriolet remained in production for 14 more years through 1996. From the beginning, the Corniche enjoyed great popularity, becoming an instantly recognizable cultural icon in the process. So much so, that prospective buyers faced a waiting time of up to four years for their new Corniche!

In addition to sportier bodies, both versions of the Corniche offered greater performance than the Silver Shadow, with the addition of a revised camshaft profile and a larger-diameter exhaust system. In keeping with time-honoured Rolls-Royce practice, careful development and relentless improvements were made throughout the lengthy production cycle of the Corniche. A set of four-wheel, ventilated disc brakes debuted in 1972. Cruise control was standard equipment, and despite its weight of nearly 5,000 pounds, the Corniche was a very capable performer, with acceleration from rest to 60 mph in less than 10 seconds, en route to top speeds exceeding 120 mph.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.

6,750 cc overhead valve V8 engine, dual SU carburetors, three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with wishbones, coil springs and automatic leveling, independent rear suspension with semi-trailing arms, coil springs and automatic leveling, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 3,035 mm (119.5")

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Tom Wood

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