Introduced in March of 1971, the Corniche was a revised version of the H J Mulliner, Park Ward-bodied two-door variants of the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow and Bentley T-Series saloons, themselves notable as the Crewe factory’s first unitary-construction cars. They featured the finest engineered technologies of the day, such as independent suspension, disc brakes in all four corners, and fuel injected power plants. In Corniche form, Rolls-Royce’s well-tried 6.75-litre V8 produced around ten percent more power than standard and proved capable of propelling the car to a top speed in excess of 120mph with sports car-beating acceleration to match.
In the first months of 1979 the Corniche models were modified, with a new rear undercarriage and the hydraulic fluid was replaced by mineral oil. Cars with these important modifications got a chassis number from 50001 onwards. These cars are from the 50000 series (not 5000 series). The Corniche convertible was continued in 1981 (until 1995) but the production of the Corniche coupé was ended in 1980 (production of the last cars was finished in 1981).
CRH50641 was built with these final upgrades and is from the 50000 series models. Production of this chassis was finished in summer 1981 and the sold in May 1982. Interestingly the Corniche was previously owned by Mr. Kenny Baker, who famously played R-2 D-2 in the Star Wars film franchise.
Now superbly finished in Marine Blue Metallic with a blue vinyl roof and matching blue leather interior, this well specified example is fitted with a number of additional options above standard. The Corniche has been with just four custodians from new, during which time it has covered in the region of 76,000 miles. The service book contains some 15 stamps, in addition to a documented history file to the current mileage.
The Rolls-Royce not only drives superbly, but is offered with spare keys, all owner’s manuals, a leather owner’s wallet and a file of invoices for works completed.