|Colour:||Silver Sand metallic|
1989 Rolls Royce Corniche II Convertible for sale in London (LHD)
- Only 1 owner from new
- Just 24,171 miles only
- A real collectors dream
- Cars of this pedigree rarely become available
Finished in gleaming Silver Sand metallic coachwork with Beigh Connolly hide and Havan piping, Beigh Wilton carpets with Havan leather binding, fitted lambswool over rugs and twin hand-painted coach lines finish of this iconic motorcar. Being a series II model this particular example benefits with a host of options which include fully electric memory seats, ABS braking, EFI fuel injection to name just a few. Having benefitted with just 1 owner and covered only 24,171 miles from new this is a wonderful opportunity to be able to present. Whilst in its former owner’s ownership the Corniche has resided its entire life in the state of Floria which has kept the car in its time-warp condition. The coachwork is gleaming with perfect panel fitment which is crucially important with coach-built cars. The inside is like new with perfect Burr woodwork throughout, the carpets and top roll are like new as is also the case with hide which is a genuine reflection of the cars pedigree and all-important quality. With a production run spanning 31 years, the original H J Mulliner design has stood the test of time and is the iconic car to own.
On February 4th, 1971 Rolls-Royce Ltd went into receivership following an unmanageable blow out of the development costs of the RB211 jet engine, a new larger engine which the company was developing for the new generation of wide-bodied jets, including the Lockhead Tristar. Motor car production, however, continued without interruption on the specific instructions of E.R. Nicholson who was the receiver, subsequently, he separated the motor car and diesel engine divisions from the aero engine business and in May 1973 a new public company Rolls-Royce Motors Ltd, was formed.
Within two weeks of the company going into receivership a new model was announced, more accurately, an existing model had been significantly revised and given a distinctive new model name. The H J Mulliner Park Ward Coach-built, Silver Shadow and Bentley T series cars became the Corniche, a name shared by Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars. The choice of the model designation Corniche was not a difficult one for the Company. Corniche was a name first registered by Rolls-Royce Ltd in 1939 when it was applied to a high-performance derivative of the Bentley MK V which never saw series production due to the outbreak of World War II.
The Corniche has its origins in the South of France, a part of the world with close associations with Sir Henry Royce, who carried out much of his design work at his winter home La Villa Mimosoa at Le Canadel.
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