For Sale: 1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche in Santa Monica, California

$42,500

Vehicle Description

West Coast Classics are proud to present an absolutely exceptional and very collectible example of this 1980 Rolls Royce Corniche Convertible drophead coupe! This particular example was purchased new on 8/1/1980 and originally serviced primarily at Overseas Motors, Fort Worth, Texas. Finished in it's original and highly striking 'Le Mans Blue' factory color paint with chrome Rolls Royce wheels, gold pin stripes and with original matching 'Dark Blue leather hides with Magnolia piping' and full Royal blue carpeting. All the chromework including the Rolls Royce grille is absolutely outstanding and the interior is in virtually completely original condition with it's original leather seats in very fine condition and the original leather dashboard is also original and in exceptional condition (always garaged from the sun). The original mohair headliner is also in very fine condition. The original and magnificent burled walnut woodwork is also in exceptional condition and the Magnolia power soft top has been replaced at some time and is in very fine condition and works as it should and the car has it's original matching dark blue boot (tonneau cover). All the power options and electric windows are working as they should and the air conditioning system has been converted to R134a!The car has been extraordinarily well maintained and serviced in recent years with full service history and with many thousands of dollars spent in preventive maintenance. We also have serviced the car after recently purchasing it and prior to sale at our renown local Rolls Royce / Bentley independent specialists and the car therefore obviously runs extremely well - the engine purrs like a kitten, never stalls or idles rough and is extremely reliable - there is plenty of power to pull away at the lights and it cruises at high speeds with absolute ease. The transmission shift is almost imperceptibly smooth and the temperature always remains cool. The Corniche is truly a sensual car that you can drive with your fingertips, smooth and relatively silent, it's thoroughly therapeutic for both drivers and passengers. The delightful precision action of the electrically powered steering column gear change and the ultra light weighted power steering allows one to park this 5000lbs of pure luxury with literally one finger and this long but actually quite slender car is anything but ponderous thanks to it's torque and brilliant turning radius! The ride is truly luxurious from a high riding position and the soft feel of the Corniche is like no other car on the road. This particular model drives particularly well and must be driven and seen to be fully appreciated. The Corniche was Rolls Royce's coupe and convertible versions of the Silver Shadow saloon and was first produced between 1971 and 1996. The model was assembled in Crewe and finished in London at the renown Rolls Royce coachbuilders 'Mulliner Park Ward' as a continuation of their 1965 Silver Shadow coupe and 1967 drophead, with the Corniche name applied in 1971. The Corniche coupe was discontinued in 1982. Total production of the coupes (1971-82) was only 1,108 and of the convertibles (1971-87) was only 3,239. The car as reworked in 1986 as the Corniche II (with 1,226 produced), in 1989 as the Corniche III (with 452 produced) and in 1993 as the Corniche IV (with only 244 produced) when production was moved to Crewe after the closure of Mulliner Park Ward and the final form in 2000 was as the Corniche V after which productiWithout a doubt you will look long and hard to find a more striking example of this rare and very collectible Corniche drophead coupe, an obviously always garaged car with no history of any accidents and absolutely no rust! This is one of the last in the original line of cars hand built in the legendary Rolls Royce Crewe factory and then converted at their renown coachbuilder's Mulliner Park Ward, of London England with a quality and craftsmanship that far surpasses that of today's mass produced models with many BMW parts - complete with original decanters and crystal shot glasses stored in the doors and all original owner's handbooks, manuals and factory tools this is indeed a rare opportunity to own a piece of classic automotive history, from a time when Rolls Royce was truly building the world's finest automobiles - a lovely Corniche for the Rolls Royce enthusiast or simply an outstandingly striking example of a very rare and unusual Rolls Royce for the discerning luxury classic car owner!

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-939598
  • Year:1980
  • Make:Rolls-Royce
  • Model:Corniche
  • Exterior Color:Blue
  • Interior Color:Blue
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:89800
  • Stock Number:336
  • VIN:DRL50336