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1976 Rolls-Royce Corniche

Story and History

1976 Rolls-Royce Corniche DHC - 9.000 miles only

Simply gorgeous and very unusual too, the Corniche was simply the "top of the pops" in 1976 being the most ostentatious drop head available anywhere

Driven by Hollywood moguls, film stars, the very rich and the very famous too they were completely hand made at the London, Mulliner Park Ward factory to special order only and therefore were exceedingly expensive

The delightful version on offer here is from the highly sought after mid series version (often referred to as the 1a) which has most of the series II modifications whilst still retaining the earlier bodywork with chrome bumpers

The most significant of these was the introduction of the bi-level climate control, a brilliant system that stayed in production until 2003, plus rack and pinion steering which addressed the criticised vagueness of the previous steering configuration, a redesigned fascia and suspension too

Having spent most of its' life on the sunny island of Jersey and like many of the luxury vehicles registered there, the mileage covered is nominal, with under 9.000 miles indicated

The original owner (incidentally, the same chap whose 900 mile Camargue we recently sold) purchased the Corniche from St Helier Garage, Official Rolls-Royce and Bentley dealers, who had come by the car as an "extra to quota" vehicle

Correspondence validates how lucky the factory considered them to have been, being given this special extra unit to sell at a time when these cars were on back order for a matter of years

The first owner, who incidentally kept her, like the Camargue, until his passing in 2011, bought her as a valentines gift for his wife - nice touch and must have been awarded an abundance of "brownie points"

The underside, engine bay and interior are all remarkable, immaculate and original, although the history folder is somewhat scant it can be sensed from the overall condition and driving experience that this motor car has hardy ever been used

Indeed speaking with the second owners, again from the Channel Isles, they bought the Corniche directly from the lady who had been given the car as a Valentines gift, and the service manager from St Helier Garage (retired now) validates all of the above

The second owners undertook a light restoration upon purchase point with new blue paint (originally Nutmeg), modern stereo and reversing sensors and only sold it to fund another Bentley project they had on the go

At this point, 2012 and still with only 6500 miles, she came here to the mainland and passed into the hands of her third owner, a French man living here in London who had a large collection of Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars

He obviously loved her original and tight feeling for he used her regularly taking the mileage to the now indicated 9.500

Very rare in period, as mentioned above, and rarer still today this superb Corniche is a real treat and comes highly recommended


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