1988 Rolls-Royce Corniche II Convertible

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  Lot #422  (Sale Order: 123 of 132)  
Sold for: £46,000.00 to J****n
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You can now book a one to one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location between the 16th and 30th July. Please contact Arwel Richards on 07434 960868 arwel@silverstoneauctions.com to secure your appointment or to discuss the car in more detail.

The health and safety of both our customers and team remains the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment.

  • Initially registered on the 28/09/1988 to the first of five owners, current since 2015

  • Finished in Tudor Red piped Magnolia. The hood shows no faults and operates as it should

  • Just 33,889 miles from new (atoc) supported by its historic and recent invoices and the old MOTs

  • Presented to auction with refreshed woodwork and a light cosmetic refresh may well benefit the car

  • Supplied with service book, invoices, V5c, MOT until September 2020 and recent bills for brake works

  • Driving a Rolls-Royce is always an event but a Tudor Red Corniche Convertible guarantees a stylish arrival

The two-door convertible version of the Silver Shadow has been without a doubt the most successful convertible ever produced by Rolls-Royce. First introduced in 1966 as the "Silver Shadow Mulliner Park Ward two-door, drophead coupé", it eventually became apparent by popular demand that this version deserved to have its own model name so, after a few cosmetic changes in 1971, the Corniche was born. When Rolls-Royce launched the two-door cars in 1966, the international jet set began to clamour for attention at the dealerships. With waiting lists measured in years, these hugely desirable vehicles began to change hands at significant premiums over list price and one can imagine the hushed negotiations over the green baize of the gaming tables at Crockfords, the Palm Beach and Aspinalls. Rolls-Royce envisioned a time when owners would like to drive their own cars and the Corniche continued to be developed with this in mind and even had a rev counter fitted as standard.

Both the fixed-head coupé and drophead by Mulliner Park Ward wafted to 60mph in 9.8 seconds, powered by the whisper-quiet 6.75-litre V8 engine and it is widely regarded that the success of the Corniche saved Rolls-Royce for future generations. A mild restyling was on the cards for the Spring of 1977 and the differences included rack-and-pinion steering, alloy and rubber bumpers, aluminium radiator, oil cooler and a bi-level air conditioning system. Later changes included modifications to the independent rear suspension in March 1979. In March 1981, after the Silver Spirit had gone on sale, the Coupé version of the Corniche and its Bentley sister were quietly discontinued but such was the popularity of the Corniche convertible that production went on until 1995.

This lovely example was ordered new by a Mr O’Sullivan of Cranham Hall, Upminster via Jack Barclay Ltd., Mayfair on 5th February 1988 at a total cost of £96,917, it was registered in the September of that year. It was ordered in Tudor Red with a Magnolia leather interior piped red, Cherry Red carpeting, black mohair hood with magnolia cloth headlining and an opening rear seat armrest amongst other options. Passing through three other named owners the car was subsequently bought by our vendor in June 2015. As a renowned restorer of antique clocks, it was the craftsmanship and engineering of the Rolls that initially drew him to the car and he has enjoyed “cutting a dash” whilst motoring through the neighbouring Oxfordshire villages.

The mileage of some 33,889, at the time of cataloguing, is corroborated by the service book, MOTs, and historical and recent invoices and the Corniche was driven to our viewing facility by our vendor, hood down, for a final 'hurrah'. To this consignor’s eye, the paintwork may need a light refresh at some point and the leather interior a deep clean. The fitment of a key fob alarm system is very useful as is the factory fitted battery cut-off switch in the boot. The copy order form and build sheets make interesting reading and a valuation letter from Hanwells of London dated July 2018 suggest a figure of £65,000.00. The car is presented to auction with the aforementioned MOT valid until September 2020, the full book pack, Rolls-Royce sales literature, reams of invoices, Swansea V5c and ready for late summer motoring.

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This item is part of The Silverstone Classic Live Online Auction 2020
 Friday, Jul 31, 2020 | 11:00 AM  EUR (BST)
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1988 Rolls-Royce Corniche II Convertible
1988 Rolls-Royce Corniche II Convertible
Lot number: 422
Seller: Silverstone Auctions
Event: The Silverstone Classic Live Online Auction 2020
Ends: Friday, July 31 | 11:00 AM  EUR (BST)

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