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Lot 224: 1975 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible

Sports, Touring, Historic Road and Racing Cars, Coys (30 April 2006)

The Corniche appeared in 1971, based on the very successful Silver Shadow, with 10% more power and greater torque; the sporting coachwork was greatly admired, and it was much sought after in Australia and America. The interior was particularly luxurious, with fine leather upholstery and lovely walnut woodwork. Bill Allen from the Styling Department at the Crewe factory had been responsible for the timeless elegance of the H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward two door saloons based on the Silver Shadow's standard coachwork. In 1971 just after the company had been forced to call in the receiver over financial trouble associated with problems in the jet engine production, the two door models were given an independent identity of their own when the Rolls-Royce Corniche was announced. This bold action was well founded, because motor car production was solvent and profitable. The new Corniche with a low-loss exhaust system, tuned engine, new facia and new spun stainless steel wheel trims differed in technical specification as well as in outward appearance from the basic models.The Corniche received a 10% power increase over the four door Silver Shadow that increased top speed to 120mph and dropped the 0-60mph acceleration to 9.6 seconds. In 1972 the suspension was completely redesigned and radial tyres were fitted, greatly enhancing the car's handling. In its day, there was simply no more luxurious and flamboyant way to go top-down motoring and indeed today only very few cars can match the Corniche in these departments today.YME 307N is beautifully presented in white with a beige leather interior and a black hood. Both paintwork and chrome seem to leave little to be desired and the original leather interior is in very good condition, as is the black canvas hood. MOT's going back to the early 1990's seem to confirm that the 96,000 miles on the odometer are genuine. On a recent test drive the car behaved impeccably, creating a number of admiring and probably envious looks around the streets of London. The big V8 propels the Corniche with surprising vigour, whereas the steering wheel can be handled with the driver's little finger.An elegant and flamboyant cruiser, providing open top motoring in style and luxury for many summers to come.

Lot Details
Auction Sports, Touring, Historic Road and Racing Cars
Coys, Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit
TypeCar
Lot Number224
Estimate£18000-£22000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£24702
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1975
Condition rating2
Registration numberYME 307N
Mileage96000
Chassis numberDRH19054
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2