16th Mar, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

  Lot 47

1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche

Sold for £34,667

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: JLY 160V
Chassis No: CRH50178
MOT: July 2022

PLEASE NOTE: According to the first service book this lot had a speedo change in c.1982 at 19,377 miles making the total milage 123,927.

  • 104,350 miles and 6 former keepers from new
  • Offered with handbooks and service books with an impressive 38 stamps in total
  • Subject to much mechanical fettling within the last 2 years

PLEASE NOTE: According to the first service book this lot had a speedo change in c.1982 at 19,377 miles making the total milage 123,927.

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. Though not immediately dubbed as such, the Series II arrived in 1977, featuring rack and pinion steering and alloy and rubber bumpers. It was also notable for a switch to an alloy radiator and the addition of an oil cooler. Developments included the adoption of rear suspension from the Silver Spirit, Flying Lady mascot and Bosch fuel injection.

Supplied new by Hadley Green Garages Ltd to a J J Francis of Essex, JLY 160V has covered some 104,350 miles in the hands of 6 former keepers from new. It has been subject to much mechanical fettling over the past two years including a lubrication service by Harvey Wash Ltd in June 2021 at a cost of £1265. Other items include the fitment of a new air con compressor, new centre silencers in 2020, exchange water pump, exchange gearbox and alternator in March 2020. Finished in Nutmeg with Beige Everflex roof and Beige hide, it comes with jack, wheel brace, hub removal tool, full set of tools and copies of its factory records, collection of invoices, copy of the original sales invoice, handbooks and service books showing an impressive 38 stamps. The vendor currently rates the body, paint, interior, engine and gearbox as all being “Very Good”.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 16th Mar, 2022

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