The styling of the magnificent Rolls-Royce Corniche Drophead Coupe (aka; convertible) remained essentially unchanged since 1967, when John Blatchley’s fine design was first introduced as the Silver Shadow and Bentley T Series drophead coupes. There was initially consideration given to restyling the Corniche to give it a closer “family resemblance” to the Silver Spirit range of cars, possibly using the four-door saloons’ front wings and hood. Peter Wharton, Mulliner Park Ward stylist prepared drawings and a color-wash painting, and there was a mock-up built to full scale. However, a decision was made to continue in this more traditional styling, and in retrospect, this may have been an exceedingly wise commercial choice. The Rolls-Royce Corniche is timeless; they demonstrate continuing interest with great desirability of ownership.
1991 Rolls-Royce Corniche III
Sold For $66,000Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
Lot Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
RM | Auctions - FORT LAUDERDALE 27 - 29 MARCH 2015
- Offered on Sunday
Offered here is a Rolls-Royce Corniche III finished in off-white with a parchment leather interior with complementary and beautiful burled walnut wooden veneers. The Corniche III was a complete evolution of refinements over the previous Corniche II, with many new features that included: alloy wheels, newly revised interior, advanced suspension, airbags and color-coated bumpers. This lovely example has the strong and steady 6.75-liter V-8 engine with a smooth automatic transmission, and stopping power from four-wheel disc brakes. Showing great exclusiveness, sources indicate that less than 500 similar cars were built. Among the niceties are air conditioning and power features galore, as one would expect from a motorcar of this stature. The Corniche is one the most recognized Rolls-Royce models ever made and is ready with many luxuries for its next owner to enjoy.