|Cars - Rolls-Royce|
|Odometer reading||57,655 miles|
Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 3rd March 2011 Car - 03/03/2011 / 1971 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible / Lot 314
The origins of the Corniche came from continuation of the 1965 Silver Shadow coupe and 1967 drophead constructed by famed coachbuilder Mulliner Park Ward in London. The car was named after the stunning roads along the Cote d'Azur in France and was an elegant two door car, available with a coupe or convertible body. By 1982 the coupe had ceased production but convertibles continued to be built until as late as 1996. A Bentley version was also available which was later named the Continental in the mid eighties. 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 car used the standard Rolls-Royce V8 engine as fitted to the Silver Shadow and had an aluminium-silicon alloy block, aluminum cylinder heads with cast iron wet cylinder liners. The fuel system was in the form of twin SU carburettors which were later replaced with Bosch fuel injection from 1980 onwards. The three speed automatic gearbox was the Turbo Hydramatic 400 sourced from General Motors as fitted in the Silver Shadow. A four-wheel independent suspension with coil springs was used with a hydraulic self-leveling system using the same Citroen system, but without pneumatic springs, and hydraulic components built under licence by Rolls-Royce with four wheel disc brakes, with ventilated discs were added for 1972. This lefthand drive Corniche convertible was delivered new to the USA and first registered on 1 January 1971. The coachwork is finished in black with complimenting red leather interior and a black hood. Purchased by the vendor in California as part of a collection of cars, this stylish Corniche was imported to the UK in March 2010 and has had all of the import duties paid. In general JYY 785J presents well and appears to be largely original, the body is straight and the paintwork has a deep lustre to it. The red hide is also in fine order and the woodwork is generally very good but there are one or two areas where it may benefit from some improvement. Supplied with a UK V5 registration document, MoT road test certificate valid to May 2011, a copy of the US title and a copy of the C&E 386 form that confirms the import duties have been paid. Arguably one of the most elegant colour combinations available on a Corniche and a sound future investment.