Rolls-Royce Corniche Cabriolet

Rolls-Royce introduced the Corniche in 1971 as the coupe 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 coupe 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 and status 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, the Corniche offered greater performance than the Silver Shadow with a revised camshaft profile and a larger-diameter exhaust system. In keeping with time-honored Rolls-Royce practice, careful development and a number of improvements punctuated the lengthy production cycle of the Corniche, including a set of four-wheel ventilated disc brakes that 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 impressive acceleration.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2010 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, California.

6,750 cc overhead valve V8 engine, Bosch K-Jetronic electronic fuel injection, three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with wishbones, coil springs and anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with semi-trailing arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar and automatic leveling, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 119.5" .

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel

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