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1971 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible

Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible

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The Corniche was Rolls-Royces coupé and convertible version of the Silver Shadow produced between 1971 and 1996. The Corniche was named Silver Shadow Mulliner Park Ward two door fixed head coupé (alternatively - drop head coupé ) from 1966 until 1971 when the Corniche name was applied. The exterior design was by John Polwhele Blatchley. (The independent coachmaker James Young had already custom-made a two-door coupé variant of the Silver Shadow, but Youngs model proved less popular and was soon discontinued). The model was assembled and finished in London at Mulliner Park Ward as continuation of the 1965 Silver Shadow coupe and 1967 drophead, with the Corniche name applied in March 1971. The Corniche was also sold as a Bentley, though that model became known as the Continental in 1984. The first car to wear the Corniche name was a 1939 prototype based on the Bentley Mark V which was never produced because of the onset of World War II. The Rolls-Royce Corniche was available both as a coupé and convertible, with the former discontinued in March 1981. The car used the standard Rolls-Royce V8 engine. It had an aluminium-silicon alloy block and aluminium cylinder heads with cast iron wet cylinder liners. The bore was 4.1 in (104.1 mm) and the stroke was 3.9 in (99.1 mm) for a total of 6.75 L (6,750 cc/411 cuin). Twin SU carburettors were initially fitted, but were replaced with the horribly complex single Solex 4A1 four-barrel carburettor introduced in 1977. Desmogged export models retained the twin SUs until 1980, when Bosch fuel injection was added. A three-speed automatic transmission (a Turbo Hydramatic 400 sourced from General Motors) was standard. A four-wheel independent suspension with coil springs was augmented with a hydraulic self-levelling system (using the same system as did Citroën, but without pneumatic springs, and with the hydraulic components built under licence by Rolls-Royce), at first on all four, but later on the rear wheels only. Four wheel disc brakes were specified, with ventilated discs added for 1972. The car originally used a 119.75 in (3,042 mm) wheelbase. This was extended to 120 in (3,048 mm) in 1974 and 120.5 in (3,061 mm) in 1979. In total, 780 Saloons (Coupés) and 1,233 Convertibles were built, for a total of 2,013 Corniche I. Our car is a condition 3 car with no rust that will now need a bit of attention. Everything works fine on the car including the hydraulics and there is no rust although the car is in need of a respray. the chromes are in good overall condition and the interior is original and in good condition for the age. This car is now located in Greece. Please contact us for more information and high resolution pictures. Priced to go £32.000 (GBP) or near offer

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Car information

Vehicle basics

Year 1971   Vehicle style Convertable

Exterior details

Color White   Restoration history In progress
Condition of exterior Very good      

Interior details

Color White   Seat material Leather
Condition of interior Very good   Restoration history Fully restored

Engine details

Engine configuration 6 cylinder   Engine size 1
Engine history Overhauled   Engine condition Running

Transmission details

Transmission type Manual   Drive train Rear-wheel drive

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