Stratton Motor Company

1983 Rolls Royce Corniche Convertible

£125,000 | Location: United Kingdom

This beautiful Rolls Royce is finished in Sage Green with a Magnolia leather hide and green seat piping. The roof which has recently been renewed compliments the Sage Green paintwork by being a lovely shade of dark green.

Inside the cabin the carpets and the tops of the dash are finished in green which continues the theme all the way throughout the Corniche.

This particular Rolls Royce Corniche was the star of the show at the 1983 Earls Court Motor Show and has a Photo of Tony Hamerton who at the time worked for Rolls Royce standing next to the vehicle at the show. It was the star of the show and placed on the circular pedestal is possibly the only Rolls Royce Corniche that was fitted with Wire Wheels.

Excellent condition inside and out and with only 10,000 miles being covered in the last 14 years makes this a must see Rolls Royce.

History of the Corniche

Rolls-Royce’s adoption of unitary construction for its new Silver Shadow and T-Series Bentley necessitated the re-organisation of in-house coach builder H J Mulliner, Park Ward to enable it to produce new designs on the Shadow floor pan.

Recalling the firm’s glamorous Grands Routiers of pre-war days such as the Phantom II Continental, these final coachbuilt models were limited to just two, a two-door coupé or similar convertible, the former arriving in March 1966 and the latter in September the following year.

Some of the frontal panels were shared with the standard four-door saloon, but otherwise the new bodyshells were unique, featuring a distinctive dipping upper wing line with parallel crease, and revised, more rounded posterior.

Construction involved shuttling the bodyshells between the Crewe factory and MPW’s Willesden plant, a necessarily lengthy process that took all of 20 weeks for the saloon and slightly longer for the more complex convertible.

These exclusive cars were hand built in the best traditions of British coachbuilding using only materials of the finest quality including Wilton carpeting, Connolly hide and burr walnut veneers, such painstaking attention to detail resulting in a price some 50% higher than that of the standard Silver Shadow.

Nevertheless, demand for these more glamorous alternatives to the much more numerous four-door model was strong right from the start, a state of affairs that resulted in them being given their own model name – ‘Corniche’ – in March 1971.

In Corniche form Rolls-Royce’s well-tried 6.7-litre V8 produced around 10% more power than standard and proved capable of propelling the car to a top speed in excess of 120mph with sportscar-beating acceleration to match.

The model proved a major success for Rolls-Royce; periodically revised and up-dated, it remained in production well into the 1990’s, the last (Convertible) examples being delivered in 1995.

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