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Lot 213: Rolls-Royce Continental Convertible

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

The arrival of the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow and Bentley T series in late 1965 marked a major change for Rolls-Royce Motors; previously the products of Crewe 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. 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 coupé and drophead models coach built by H J Mulliner Park Ward, were renamed Corniche, and received a 10% power increase over the four door Silver Shadow increasing the top speed to 120mph and dropping 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. The Corniche on offer today is presented in stunning Royal Blue coachwork with a tan leather interior. The vendor reports the car has had a mere 5 owners from new- including himself. The car resided with its third owner for the majority of its life in Spain (1977- 1998) and has since been used sparingly. Chassis 10422 was subject to a repaint in 2000 and reportedly the woodwork, carpets and leather was professionally refurbished in 2005. A unique opportunity to aquire an unmolested Corniche.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number213
Estimate£27000-£35000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1971
Condition rating
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis numberDRH 10422
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2