Bentley Corniche Convertible
In 1966, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud and Bentley S-Series were replaced by the Silver Shadow and T-Series, respectively. Four-wheel disc brakes and air-conditioning were now standard alongside power windows, steering and transmission. A new hydraulic leveling system improved the cars’ suspension while engine displacement grew to 6.75 liters in 1970. The new cars utilized unit construction as opposed to the previous separate body and chassis assembly.
Although true coachbuilt bodies were no longer available, the two-door variants were produced by H. J. Mulliner-Park Ward from the original saloon structures provided by Bentley. These coupés and cabriolets were named Corniche, in honor of the road along the Côte d'Azur between Nice and Monte Carlo. Produced in far fewer numbers than their Rolls-Royce counterparts, only about 77 Bentley Corniche convertibles were built from 1971 to 1984. By comparison, it is estimated that over 3,000 Rolls-Royce Corniche convertibles were built in roughly the same time frame (1971 to 1987). With such limited production, the Bentley variant rarely comes to market, and its offering is an opportunity not to be missed.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
220 bhp, 6,750 cc overhead valve V8 engine, three-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 119.5"
Source: RM Auctions