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Lot 31 - 1982 Rolls-Royce Corniche

1982 Rolls-Royce Corniche

Estimated at £27,000 - £30,000

Lot details
Registration No: BG 89
Chassis No: CRH0050425
Mot Expiry: Aug 2006

Named after a region famous for its twisting roads and picture postcard scenery, the Corniche fixed head was introduced in 1971. Styled in-house by Bill Allen, it was available in both Rolls-Royce and Bentley guises. Considerably more expensive than its humbler four-door brethren, it also proved more involving to drive thanks to the provision of firmer springs, thicker anti-roll bars and revised steering geometry. Conceived as a high-speed express capable of covering great distances with minimal effort, its cocooning four-seater cabin was bedecked in soft hides, plush carpets and beautifully finished wood veneers. Further enhanced by a tuned, low-loss exhaust version of Crewe's staple 6750cc V8 engine mated to automatic transmission its self-levelling rear suspension and plethora of electric motors made for an enjoyably cosseting experience. Curtailed after eleven years, Rolls-Royce Corniche Fixed Head Coupe production is thought to have amounted to just 1,108 cars.
Finished in dark blue with light brown leather upholstery, this particular example is described by the vendor as being in first class condition with regard to its engine, transmission, electrical equipment, interior trim, chassis, bodywork and paintwork (while its wheels / tyres are rated as "very, very good"). Reported to have had five previous keepers prior to entering the current ownership in May 1999, it has since been treated to approximately £8,000 worth of fettling by RR&B Garages of Bromsgrove in order to "bring the car up to very near concours". Riding on alloy wheels and sporting the personalised registration number 'BG 89', it is said to have covered just 51,471 miles from new. Apparently "always garaged when not in use", this handsome fixed-head Rolls-Royce is offered for sale with history file, MOT certificate valid until August 11th 2006 and road tax until 31st August 2006.

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