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  • Vast history file dating back to day one 
  • Low documented mileage 
  • Extensive mechanical work including engine rebuild 
  • Good condition car in appealing colour scheme 
  • MOT exempt but useful long MOT to September 2024
  • Five registered keepers with long term current keeper 
  • Recent service, new tyres and undersealing

The Appeal 

The Corniche was an inspired move. Rolls-Royce’s new, coachbuilt coupe gave buyers a spacious, very luxurious four seat GT with the relaxing ride of its Silver Shadow saloon. 
Just 1,090 hard top Corniche I coupes were built over 16 years from 1971. From 1977 they received the same upgrades as the four door, including revised steering, uprated interior and impact-resistant bumpers. 
Each Corniche could be carefully bespoked to the original owner’s specification. The first owner of this one clearly took their time, specifying popular Willow Gold with black roof and beige interior. It retains this eye-catching trim and is in very good condition, befitting the low miles and registered keepers. 
A vast history file - one of the best we have seen recently - attests to the care it has received. Notable highlights include an engine rebuilt in 2014 and, within the two last years, a coolant service, four new tyres and rust proofing. It was serviced in February 2024 at 58,686 miles. Further evidence of the fastidiousness is a long advisory-free MOT to September 2024 even though this is no longer required by law. The result is a very tidy and beautiful car ready to enjoy. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 1st August 1979 
  • Extensive history dating back to first registration contained in two folders 
  • This is carefully annotated in a well organised history file 
  • Highlights can be viewed in the photographs 
  • Original vehicle specification sheet and order from September 1978 and February 1979 
  • Warranty documentation including Jack Barclay supplying dealer paperwork 
  • Old MOTs to verify mileage 
  • Five registered keepers from new 
  • Current keeper since 29th January 2016 
  • Original factory handbook set and service book in very good condition 
  • HBE handling kit fitted early in the car’s life 
  • Engine stripped and rebuilt in May 2014 
  • MOT to 21st September 2024 with no advisories and 58,682 miles showing on test 
  • Now showing 58,823 miles 
Notable recent maintenance: 
  • Service at 58,686 miles on 27th February 2024
  • Four new tyres 12th April 2023
  • Rust proofing and wax oil application 12th April 2022
  • Coolant and servicing work on 12th April 2022

The Condition

  • Smart Willow Gold metallic paintwork with black roof 
  • Paintwork in very good order with light but not unsightly stone chips to note 
  • Black roof shows some areas of microblistering to side panels shown in photos 
  • Bodywork very well kept with straight, clean lines and no noticeable corrosion 
  • Exterior fittings including lights, chromework and trim in good order
  • Well kept interior with cream leather seats piped in black showing little wear
  • The interior is totally unmarked, and is in exceptional, superb condition
  • Cabin veneers well kept with switchgear, carpets and fittings in similar order
  • Very original interior including factory radio, Pioneer cassette player and digital clock 
  • Toolkit and spare bulb kit appear complete and little used
  • Headlining well kept finished in wool with no obvious marks or staining 
  • Underside presents well with no structural advisories on recent MOT 

The Mechanics 

  • 6,750cc 230bhp V8 engine with fuel injection 
  • 3spd automatic gearbox with column shift
  • Last serviced 150 miles ago in February 2024
  • Extensive history file showing regular maintenance irrespective of mileage 
  • We have no reported running or driving issues to advise 
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1979
  • Make Rolls Royce
  • Model Corniche
  • Colour Gold
  • Odometer 58,823 Miles
  • Engine size 6750
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Location Hampshire
  • Country United Kingdom

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