27th Jul, 2022 13:00

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

Lot 104

1973 Rolls-Royce Corniche

Sold for £32,625

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: WEU 346L
Chassis No: CRH15259
MOT: Exempt

  • Desirable Rolls-Royce corniche presented in the attractive combination of Regal Red with matching Red upholstery
  • Suject to works totalling over £6,700 with Prestige Services of Leeds in March 2022
  • In current ownership for the last 10 years

The first models to bear the Corniche moniker were the Coupe and Convertible versions of the Silver Shadow launched in 1971. Penned by in-house designer John Polwhele Blatchley, initial assembly was carried out by Mulliner Park Ward - by then a wholly-owned division of Rolls-Royce. The cars were then transported to Crewe for installation of the running gear, before returning to London for trimming, painting and finishing. Power was provided by the company's all-alloy 6.75-litre V8 mated to a GM Turbo Hydramatic 400 three-speed automatic transmission. Suspension was independent by coil springs all round, augmented by a hydraulic self-levelling system. Braking was by discs, with ventilated units being phased in for 1972.

Supplied new by H.R Owen of Berkeley Street, London on 07 June 1973 for a J F Nash Esq and presented in Regal Red with matching Red upholstery, Beige headlining and Cherry Red carpets, ‘WEU 346L’ featured Gold fine lines on the bodywork. Specification at that time also included Fog lamps and lambswool over rugs, also in Regal Red.

Acquired by its current keeper on 18 July 2012, this particular example was enjoyed for a few years, looked after by Silver Chalice Rolls-Royce specialists with invoices yearly for servicing and other works until it was subject to a full respray in 2016 with I.K Classics in its original Regal Red, along with further mechanical works. More recently in March 2022, ‘WEU 346L’ was subject to mechanical refurbishment with Prestige Services, Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialists of Leeds, in preparation for sale. Works included replacement discs, pads, and brake fluid; engine mounts; replacement reconditioned radiator; handbrake overhaul; replacement driveshaft boots; replacement intermediate exhaust section and downpipe; replacement camber bushes and rubber boots; the underbody pipework Waxoyled and a 6,000 mile service. The total cost of this work was £6,711.91 and the result is a vehicle ready for its new owner to enjoy.

Included with the vehicle is the Rolls-Royce build booklet, a large collection of previous MOTs dating back as far as 1982, two service and maintenance booklets with stamps dating back to 1972 at 2942 miles, Radiomobile Car Radio operating instruction booklets, a number of previous invoices and receipts and the V5C document which displays 6 former keepers. The vendor rates the condition of the bodywork, engine, electrical equipment, paintwork and transmission as ‘Very Good’, with the interior trim ‘Good’.

For more information, please contact:
Andreas Hicks


Auction: Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, 27th Jul, 2022


Tuesday 26th July 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 27th July 2022 from 9am

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