2018 Shannons Melbourne Spring Classic Auction
1982 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible
Result: PASSED IN
|Engine||5.7 litre V8|
|Wheels||Steel with hubcaps|
This lot is no longer available
The Corniche was Rolls-Royce's coupe and convertible versions of the silver Shadow, produced between 1971 and 1996. The model was assembled and finished in London at Mulliner Park Ward as a continuation of the 1965 Silver Shadow coupe and 1967 drophead, with the Corniche name applied in 1971. The Corniche was available both as a coupe and convertible, with the former discontinued in 1982.
The car used the standard Rolls-Royce 6.75 litre V8 engine mated to a 3-speed Turbo Hydramatic 400 automatic transmission sourced from General Motors, while its four-wheel independent suspension with coil springs was augmented with a hydraulic self-levelling system (using the same Citroen system, but without pneumatic springs, and hydraulic components built under licence by Rolls-Royce), at first on all four, but later on the rear wheels only. The Corniche originally used a 119.75 in (3042mm) wheelbase. This was extended to 120 in (3048mm) in 1974 and 120.5 in (3061mm) in 1979.