The Rolls Royce Corniche was rolled out in 1971, though its precedent was a 1939 prototype based on the Bentley Mark V that sadly wouldnt survive the war. The 1971 Corniche would revive the name but take a very different shape. It featured the now standard Rolls Royce V8 engine, independent four-wheel suspension, and a hydraulic self-levelling system that was at first all-around but later limited to the rear wheels. It saw several moderate changes in 1977 with the additions of an aluminum radiator, alloy and rubber bumpers, bi-level air conditioning, and rack-and-pinion steering.
In 1981, the coupe version of the Corniche was discontinued which would lead to the vast majority of Corniches being convertibles and saloons. Several celebrities owned a custom Corniche such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Paul Mccartney. The design was very self-confident with the tilted grille of the Camargue and the sleek angles of the Silver Shadows.
Looking to purchase a classic Rolls Royce?
Whether youre looking for a project car or just something thats fun to drive, there are some key things youll want to take into consideration. If your eye is set on a Rolls Royce Corniche remember there is also a Bentley version that is very similar. If you want to own an authentic Rolls Royce, steer clear of anything not bearing the Spirit of Ecstasy hood bonnet. Youll also want to remember that the coupe version is much more valuable than the convertibles and saloons, so be aware of what youre dealing with. Dont ignore any blemishes as they might allude to other issues and can be a point of leverage in price negotiation. Or you can go to the Beverly Hills Car Club. They stock cars of every make, model, and condition.
You can be confident that if they dont already have it in their Los Angeles showroom, then they can point you in the direction. Try making a call to the Beverly Hills Car Club and see what they can do.