|Cars - Rolls-Royce|
|Chassis Number||CRH 30898|
|Odometer reading||40,825 miles|
Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 18th May 2011 Car - 18/05/2011 / 1977 Rolls-Royce Corniche / Lot 251
The Corniche was Rolls-Royce's coupé and convertible version of the Silver Shadow produced between 1971 and 1996. The Corniche was named ""Silver Shadow Mulliner Park Ward two door fixedhead coupé before 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 coupe variant of the Silver Shadow, but Young's 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 coupé and 1967 drophead, with the Corniche name applied in 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 Mk. V which was never produced because of the onset of World War II. The Corniche was available both as a coupé and convertible, with the former discontinued in 1982. 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 and the stroke was 3.9 in for a total of 6.75 litres. Twin SU carburettors were initially fitted with a single Solex 4-barrel carburettor introduced in 1975. A four-wheel independent suspension with coil springs was augmented with a hydraulic self-levelling system at first on all four, but later in the rear wheels only. Four wheel disc brakes were specified, with ventilated discs added for 1972. The car originally used a 119.75"" wheelbase. This was extended to 120"" in 1974 and 120.5"" in 1979. This particular example has been owned within the same family since 1978. A comprehensive file of receipts dating back to 1988 when the odometer reading was 33,363 is available for the purchaser. The vendor has had the majority of work carried out by the highly reputed Broughtons of Cheltenham and Broughtons Bentley dealership in Pangbourne. Finished in cream coachwork with a brown Everflex roof, the magnolia interior is in extremely good condition throughout with contrasting blue seat piping.