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Rolls-Royce Corniche
(1971 - 1987)

Rolls-Royce Corniche, Mulliner Park Ward Drophead Coupé
Rolls-Royce Corniche, 1974, #DRH17362, Mulliner Park Ward Drophead Coupé. The name Corniche was taken from roads at the French Cote d'Azur.

Bill Allen from the Styling Department at the Crewe factory had been responsible for the timeless elegance of the H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward two door saloons based on the Silver Shadow's standard coachwork. In 1971 just after the company had been forced to call in the receiver over financial trouble associated with problems in the jet engine production the two door models were given an independent identity of their own when the Rolls-Royce Corniche was announced. This bold action was well founded, because motor car production was solvent and profitable. The new Corniche with a low-loss exhaust system, tuned engine, new facia and new spun stainless steel wheel trims differed in technical specification as well as in outward appearance from the basic models. From 1982 onward only the convertible remained.

Corniche FasciaRolls-Royce Corniche, 1971, #DRX11385, Mulliner Park Ward Drophead Coupé. Note the speedometer and the wooden Nardi steering wheel.

Technical Data:
8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration, aluminium-silicon alloy cylinder block with cast iron wet cylinder liners, bore x stroke 104.14 x 99.06 mm (4.1 x 3.9 in), capacity 6,750 cc; aluminium alloy cylinder heads, twin SU-carburettors (from 1975 single Solex 4-barrel carburettor, twin SU-carburettors remained on export models for Canada, Japan and Australia; from 1980 Bosch fuel injection on export models for the U.S.A., Canada, Japan and Australia); 3-speed automatic gearbox; independent suspension with coil springs front and rear, hydraulic self-levelling height control rear; disc brakes front and rear (from 1972 ventilated disc brakes front); wheelbase 3,041.6 mm (119.75 in) (from 1974 wheelbase 3.048 mm (120 in); from 1979 wheelbase 3.061 mm (120,5 in); tyre size 205VR15 (from 1974 tyre size 235/70VR15)

Rolls-Royce Corniche, Mulliner Park Ward Two Door Saloon
Rolls-Royce Corniche, Mulliner Park Ward Two Door Saloon, #CRH23535. Perhaps this version might have been considered by a great many as a fixed head coupé.

No. made:

1108 Rolls-Royce Corniche saloon (1971-1982)
3239 Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible (1971-1987;
for the USA and Japan only till 1986)
4347 Rolls-Royce Silver Corniche altogether
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