Open Roads, May | Lot 128
2001 Rolls-Royce Corniche
CHF150,000 - CHF175,000
| Saanen, Switzerland
19 - 26 May 2021
- Believed to be one of less than 400 built
- In current ownership since 2010
- 23,661 kilometers from new at time of cataloguing
- Beautifully presented example
The fifth Rolls-Royce to bear the Corniche name, this modern legend made its debut in January 2000. With a base price of $359,900, it was the most expensive vehicle offered by Rolls-Royce at the time. In 2001, when Bentley and Rolls-Royce once again became two separate companies, the Corniche production run ended. 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 is special as it was the only new Rolls-Royce developed under Volkswagen's ownership.
As befitting a luxury automobile of this stature, the Corniches were truly hand-built vehicles and were fitted with the best of everything. Though they had styling cues sourced from the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph sedan, it shared little mechanically with the BMW-engined car. Instead, the Corniche body was set onto the platform used for the similarly-styled Bentley Azure, thus it was the first and only Rolls-Royce descended from a Bentley rather than the other way around.
The Corniche offered here is fitted with tan Connolly leather interior, matching Wilton wool carpets, chrome gauges and burled wood trim. Dual automatic temperature control, a six-disc CD changer, automatic headlamps and automatic ride control were fitted as standard. The 6.75 liter turbocharged V-8 engine offers 325 horsepower and gives this stately luxury convertible a top speed of 135 mph and 0-60 acceleration times of eight seconds. Finished in black with a charcoal top, it cuts an unforgettable profile that is sure to turn heads anywhere. Quick, unbelievably luxurious, an ideal addition to any collection.