Who wouldn’t wish for an opportunity to escape the daily routine in luxury?
This Rolls-Royce Corniche from May 1980 is a convertible with a difference, which was originally delivered to the US. It is one of the characteristics of luxury cars made by this most renowned of British manufacturers that they have a certain instrinsic timelessness: By looking at it, few people will be prepared to guess that this dream car is already 35 years old. The wonderful workmanship and high quality materials have proven worthwhile. On the inside, the dark blue quilted leather seats, matching door panels and the burlwood dashboard are all in a presentable condition and lend the Corniche a very noble character indeed. The positive general impression is supported by the beautiful bicolour black/blue paintwork and well-preserved chrome.
The odometer displays an unwarranted mileage of merely 43,100 mls. The engine compartment which houses the massive V8 looks dry and clean, as does the fully carpeted boot.
A Classic Cata brief appraisal from 2011 estimated the market value of this Corniche in condition 2+ at € 65,000.
If it’s been your dream to embark on a journey into a different world, this may just be the right starting point.
No other car symbolises affluence and power in quite the same way as a Rolls-Royce, and a Corniche in particular. The convertible or two-door saloon (the term RR preferred over “coupe”) was built for a full 24 years, totaling 5,146 convertibles, 1.108 saloons and another 140 Corniches with the Bentley badge. At its debut, this was the most expensive series production car in the world. Its potent buyers were faced with a four-year waiting period.
The Corniche is powered by the well-established 6,750 litre V8 which accelerates the 2.3 ton luxury car to a maximum speed of around 190 km/h. Of course, not many Corniches would ever have been pushed to that limit, when it’s so much nicer to just waft along in great comfort – owing to the hydraulic self-levelling system – and unequalled style, with not much of a noise apart from the wind…