“The name Corniche has been chosen for the latest coachbuilt models because it symbolises their higher cruising speeds and their ability to cover greater distances with the minimum of fatigue for driver and passengers,” explained Rolls-Royce in 1971, referring to the magnificent cliff-top roads of France’s Côte d’Azur, for decades a favoured destination among Rolls-Royce and Bentley owners. Introduced in March that year, the Corniche was a revised version of the 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. In Corniche form Rolls-Royce’s well-tried 6.7-liter V8 produced around 10ore 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 updated, it remained in production well into the 1990s, the last (Convertible) examples being delivered in 1995. Just 29 Series II Corniche Convertibles were produced in Bentley form, compared to no fewer than 1,595 examples of the Rolls-Royce version, and these rare cars are much sought after today.
Sold new in Germany making this a very rare European Left Hand drive example this Bentley Corniche Convertible has enjoyed just three owners in total (the present since April 2004) while covering a mere 30,000km-or-so documented from new. In addition, extensive service and maintenance documentation accompany this well maintained automobile, which is offered with German title. Matching colours, and matching numbers this wonderful Corniche must be a contender for the best available worldwide. Perfect for the Cote d Azure.