19th Oct, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Lot 70

1990 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible III

Sold for £50,625

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: H649 HVW
Chassis No: SCAZD00A7LCH30246
MOT: October 2023

  • Finished in Radpsody with Cream leather seats
  • 86,500 miles from new
  • Offered with substantial historic paperwork

In production for twenty-five years (between 1971 and 1996), the Rolls-Royce Corniche Drophead came to epitomize luxury open-air motoring. An accepted accoutrement alongside the private jet and crewed yacht for those with a suitably transcontinental lifestyle, the model boasted an extravagantly sumptuous interior and notably hushed drivetrain. Named after a French region synonymous with gently winding roads and breathtaking scenery, it was powered by a tuned version of Crewe's staple 6750cc V8 engine mated to automatic transmission. Featuring firmer springs, thicker anti-roll bars and revised steering geometry, the drophead proved a more satisfying drive than its humbler saloon car siblings. Though, the presence of olio-pneumatic self-levelling rear suspension and a plethora of electric motors ensured that it remained a singularly cosseting experience. Visually distinguished by its light alloy wheels, the Corniche III was launched in 1989. Fettled by in-house coachbuilder Mulliner Park Ward's finest craftsmen, the newcomer benefited from the same split level air-conditioning, power assisted rack and pinion steering, Bosch fuel injection, ABS brakes, aluminium radiator and external oil cooler etc as its predecessor. Only made between 1989 and 1992 during which time just 452 are thought to have left the Crewe factory, the Corniche III blended rarity and elegance in equal measure.

Although registered to different individuals and companies over time, this handsome Rolls-Royce Corniche III Convertible has, to all intents and purposes, been in single family ownership from new. Finished in the gorgeous combination of Rhapsody Blue metallic matched to Blue-piped Magnolia leather upholstery, it cost some £126,013.41 to extract from the showroom; an even more significant sum thirty-two years ago. Covering an average of just 2,700 miles per annum, the Corniche III currently displays 86,500 miles to its odometer. Said to have been ‘well maintained over the years’, there are two files accompanying the car containing a substantial amount of historic paperwork including details on the extensive service history plus old MOT certificates and invoices.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 19th Oct, 2022

An auction of classic & collector motorcars


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