The fifth Rolls-Royce to bear the Corniche name made its debut in January 2000. At the time of its release, it was the most expensive vehicle offered by Rolls-Royce, with a base price of USD$359,900. Its production was ceased shortly thereafter, in 2001, as Bentley and Rolls-Royce became two separate companies again, with two different owners. Bentley became a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG and continued to be manufactured in the Crewe factory while Rolls-Royce was owned solely by BMW and produced in an entirely new factory built by BMW.
The Corniche was the only new Rolls-Royce developed under Volkswagen’s ownership, before the marque was passed to BMW in 2003. All Corniches were completely hand-built. The car was considered a slightly softer, and even more exclusive, version of the Bentley Azure.
The very last Rolls-Royce Corniche rolled off the assembly line on August 30, 2002. This was the very last Rolls-Royce to be made at the Crewe plant before it was turned over entirely to the production of Bentley models. Only 374 fifth-generation Corniches were ever built.
The Corniche came outfitted with every luxury and refinement characteristic of a Rolls-Royce, such as a Connolly leather interior, Wilton wool carpets, chrome gauges and a wide choice of exotic wood trims. Dual automatic temperature control, a six-disc CD changer, automatic headlamps and automatic ride control are standard.
This particular example has an interesting history. First assigned to the Rolls Royce works with the famous registration plate RR1 (which is historically used for press cars), it then went into long term single family ownership before being recently acquired by the current vendor.
Presented in a stunning shade of Amethyst Blue with a matching blue convertible roof, and Cotswold cream leather, and showing a mere 18,000 miles from new, this is a truly fabulous example of a modern classic.
Described by our vendor as being in excellent order in all respects, and supplied with a UK V5 document, current MoT certificate, and the relevant handbooks and documentation, this truly is a wonderful Rolls Royce which will provide many Summers of relaxing driving.