|Cars - Rolls-Royce|
|Odometer reading||15,137 miles|
Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 18th February 2012 Car - 18/02/2012 / 1983 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible / Lot 249
The origins of the Corniche came from continuation of the 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow coupé 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 coupé or convertible body. By 1982 the coupé had ceased production but convertibles continued to be built until 1996. The first Rolls-Royce to wear the Corniche name was a 1939 prototype based on the Bentley Mk. V, although this was never produced due to 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, aluminium 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 automatic gearbox was a three-speed, Turbo Hydramatic 400 sourced from General Motors as fitted in the Silver Shadow. Four-wheel independent suspension with coil springs was used with a hydraulic self-levelling system, disc brakes allround with ventilated discs were added for 1972 model year cars. This lefthand drive Corniche Convertible is described by the vendor as simply stunning having covered only 15,000 miles since being registered in 1983. Originally delivered by Rolls-Royce to their agents, Loeber Motors in Chicago and remaining with the original owner until 2008. The car was then purchased by Othon Oschsner, a renowned car collector and part of the Campagnolo bicycle dynasty. The current vendor acquired the car during a trip to America in July, 2010 with an odometer reading, at the time, of 12,600 miles. After enjoying using the Corniche in the U.S., it was repatriated to the UK and has subsequently been used for a trip to Europe as well as prestigious events in the UK. Benefitting from a recent service at Sunningdale Motors in Berkshire together with a new set of Avon tyres, an indication as to how original this car is can be measured by the fact the spare tyre is unused as is the complete tool kit. Finished in Silver Sand with chestnut interior, the condition of this Corniche Convertible has to be viewed to be appreciated; the unmarked carpets are original as is the power hood. It is rare to see such a splendid example as this and clearly this Rolls-Royce will provide elegant touring for years to come.