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Lot 127: Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

The arrival of the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow and Bentley T series at the end of 1965 marked a major change for Rolls-Royce Motors; previously all the Crewe products had employed separate chassis, but here was a car of modern design employing unitary construction of chassis and body. Underneath the skin the new Rolls-Royce/Bentley offered even greater engineering excellence and sophistication, being comfortable and stylish.with truly modern standards of braking and handling.

The model was an instant success, and production boomed. In 1969 the engine capacity was increased to 6,750cc, and a modern three-speed automatic gearbox was introduced. Two years later, in 1971, the two door coup� and drophead models coachbuilt by H J Mulliner Park Ward, were renamed Corniche, and received a 10% power increase over the four door Silver Shadow which increased the 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 handling to match the performance.

This fine left hand drive example of the1985 Rolls Royce Corniche Convertible is presented in stunning Porcelain White, a very popular colour for the export market then and now, with a luxurious tan leather interior complemented by cream piping and a contrasting Tan top with tonneau cover. The car was recently fitted with recent whitewall tyres which suit the overall look of the car; shows just 28515 miles accompanied by Rolls Royce service history.

B848 BFJ was supplied new in California and remained in the USA until it was shipped to the UK at the end of 2011 and therefore according to the vendor, shows no signs of rust, corrosion or deterioration. The car has had only one UK owner and covered a mere 28,900 miles.

This model has an impressive specification to include two cocktail cabinets, one housing a decanter and 4 crystal cut glasses. The vendor informs us that the original Rolls Royce toolkit is present and complete.

Recent work included a full service, and the fitment of a new ash frame to the hood at the cost of just under �3,000.In short, this is a beautiful example of this timeless convertible Rolls Royce at a very realistic price  ready to be used and enjoyed.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number127
Estimate£35000-£40000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£37800
Year1985
Condition rating0
Registration numberB848BFJ
Mileage-
Chassis numberSCAZD42A1FCX09947
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2