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 1990s, the last (Convertible) examples being delivered in 1995.
This left-hand drive chassis number ‘13858’ was manufactured for the US market and first registered in 1973. Re-Imported to the UK, this delightful Corniche is finished in the highly period colour combination of Majestic Brown over Deep tan hide. Complete with its original tools and jack, and offered with UK V5 registration this wonderful Corniche would prove to be the perfect motor car for continental driving or the Cote d’azur.