- Body Type: Coupe
- Full Service History
- 88,615 Km
- Year Built: 1978
- Trans: Automatic
- Ext color: Silver Chalice
- Int color: Black
When Rolls-Royce launched the Corniche in 1971, the international jet set began to clamour for attention at the dealerships. With waiting lists measured in years, these fashionable vehicles changed hands at vast premiums over list price and one can imagine the hushed negotiations over the green baize of the gaming tables of Mayfair. The Corniche saw Rolls-Royce, for the first time, dispense with the need for a chauffeur and was the first model to offer the new generation of owner-drivers, a rev counter. The Coupe by Mulliner Park Ward wafted to 60mph in 9.8 seconds, powered by the whisper-quiet 6.75-litre V8 engine and it is widely regarded that the success of the Corniche, at a difficult time financially, saved Rolls-Royce for future generations.
Six years into its life-cycle, the Corniche received a mild makeover in the spring of 1977 including new rack-and-pinion steering, alloy and rubber bumpers, an aluminium radiator, oil cooler and bi-level air conditioning. Later that year, an upgraded engine (L410I) was fitted utilising Bosch KE/K-Jetronic fuel injection which increased output to 237 bhp at 4,000 rpm extending the top speed to 190 km/h.
This particular 1978 Corniche Coupe (presscar 1978 Motorshow Turin) was new delivered by Samocar SPA in Italy, finished in Silver Chalice with a black Everflex roof and a black leather interior, which is a subtle colour combination that is truly fitting for a car of this calibre.
It has clearly been well preserved throughout its entire life, as the odometer shows 88.615 original kilometres.
What makes this model unique
– Two doors
– Black rubber bumpers
– Special Corniche wheel covers
– Rectangular reversing lights
– Twin exhaust
– Uplifted waistline above the rear wheelarch
– Modified, lower rear side (with regard to the 4-door saloon)
– 1 Inch lower than the 4-door saloon
– No side trim strip
– Identification plate “CORNICHE” on the boot lid
– Years of production: from 1977 up to and including 1980
– Number of production: 328
– Percentage of the complete production: 0,75%
For a car with such history and only 328 cars produced; the Corniche Coupe sits as a fantastic investment opportunity, with a value set to rise in the coming years.
The car comes with Belgium registration certificate, which can easily be used for registration in any EU country without additional import taxes, original toolset, certified copy of a factory records (including original invoice), manuals and handbooks in a ‘feel-good’ wallet.