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  • Owned by Ray Thomas of The Moody Blues for 42 years
  • Rare Black Cherry paintwork with gold hand-painted coach line
  • Original Connolly Vaumol leather interior in beige
  • Complete factory build file from Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club
  • First series Corniche with elegant early interior and slim chrome bumpers

The Appeal

The Corniche was built for those that wanted the luxury of a Rolls-Royce, but preferred to be behind the wheel. Effectively a two-door variant of the Silver Shadow, the lines of the clean, attractive Corniche were unparalleled amongst its luxury peers, and the convertible option - such as this - was bound to get plenty of attention - a sportier, more exhilarating top-down experience that perfectly met the driver's zeitgeist of the 70s. 

This particular Corniche is not just any example; it comes with an unrepeatable rock-star provenance, having been owned by Ray Thomas of The Moody Blues for 42 years. He was the car's second owner, having acquired it in 1976. Much of the past 25 years was then spent in storage, until the previous owner purchased it as a garage find - upon permission of Mrs. Lee Thomas - and set about a comprehensive overhaul.

Since then, it's been lightly used, and while some wear is showing commensurate with the car's age, it's a highly original example - picked out in beautiful Black Cherry with a gold, hand-painted coachline and an interior is trimmed in luxurious Connolly Vaumol leather, with matching headlining and Cumberland Stone carpets.

Additional equipment includes Lucas fog lamps, automatic speed control, an internally adjustable driver’s door mirror, a fire extinguisher, and a Radiomobile ‘Stereo 8’ tape player. With a complete factory build file from the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club, this Corniche is a compelling blend of history, luxury, and rock-star glamour.

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History and Paperwork

  • Registered in January 1972 to Mr Norton of Cheshire
  • Acquired by Ray Thomas in June 1976
  • In 1999, the car was placed into storage, with only light usage
  • The car was barely used at all from here, right up until Mr. Thomas passed away in 2018
  • Purchased for mechanical overhaul in 2019
  • In current ownership since October 2019
  • Last service on 8th August 2023 at 37,022 miles
  • Currently indicates 37,164 miles, which is believed to be an accurate mileage
  • MOT exempt
  • Complete factory build file from Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club
  • Private plate to be removed upon sale
  • Original registration plate ‘TNE 477K’ will be supplied in its place - the registration used during Ray Thomas's tenure
  • Car is supplied with a wealth of paperwork, including a letter from Ray Thomas's wife

The Condition

  • Original Cherry Black paintwork, showing some signs of wear and use
  • Bright work in very good condition with minor chips in the chrome
  • Iconic ‘Parthenon’ grille is bright and imposing
  • Correct Lucas lenses around the body
  • Original 15-inch wheels in very good condition with RR-monogrammed hubcaps
  • Windscreen and side window glasses in fine condition
  • Original black Everflex vinyl roof in very good order with a working electric folding mechanism
  • Rear acrylic window is sound with no clouding or damage
  • Tonneau cover for the hood stored in the boot, and recently replaced
  • Interior leather is supple with light signs of use, no rips or holes
  • Some creasing and cracking to the leather, commensurate with age
  • Light signs of wear to the veneers and dash surrounds
  • All instruments are clear and legible
  • Carpets are in fair order, with some light signs of wear
  • Original jacking kit present

The Mechanics

  • 6.75L L410 OHV V8 powerplant
  • Three-speed automatic transmission
  • Twin SU carburettors
  • Original mechanical components in good working order
  • Everything was overhauled in 2019, seemingly to a very high standard
  • We've no reports of any mechanical issues throughout the car

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1972
  • Make Rolls Royce
  • Model Corniche
  • Colour Black
  • Odometer 37,164 Miles
  • Engine size 6750
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Rochester
  • Location Kent
  • Country United Kingdom

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