Corniche II Drop Head Coupe with 34K original miles
West Coast Classics are proud to present an absolutely exceptional, stunning and very collectible example of this 1988 Rolls Royce Corniche II Convertible drophead coupe with only 34K original miles in this most desirable and highly striking color combination of 'Ivory' exterior paint with contrasting 'Gold' painted pin-stripes and an almost virtually flawless and simply stunning all original interior with 'Tan' Connolly leather seats with matching carpets with matching original Lamb's wool rugs and a 'White Everflex' soft top with a tan mohair headliner and a matching Tan leather tonneau cover! An uncompromising head-turner which never fails to get compliments from all who see her!
This particular example is one of the renown 20,000 series, with updates including a redesigned dash with more modern instruments, an improved fuel injection system, a more robust cooling system, design improvements to the braking system, a better designed Japanese air conditioning system and anti-lock brakes; these models were introduced in mid 1987 and to distinguish the newly designed and updated series, the cars serial numbers jumped from 15,000-20,0000 and which as any enthusiast will tell you are the very best models of the breed.
This particular example was obviously always covered and garaged and has a clean CARFAX report confirming its low original miles and that there is no history of any accidents and with only one careful Arizona owner since new. Further to acquiring the car we have had the car inspected and serviced at 'Independent Rolls Royce' here in Los Angeles, CA and the car received a full service to ensure a clean bill of health for its new owner at 34,715 miles in May 2021 and has 4 new front brake calipers, new drive shaft couplings, new rear brake pads, new axle boots, a newly rebuilt fuel distributor & new park plugs.
Finished in this highly striking and probably most desirable color combination with matching Rolls Royce wheels and with all the chromework, including the Rolls Royce grille, in absolutely outstanding and virtually flawless condition, this car would be virtually impossible to duplicate and you will most likely never see another one like it anywhere! The convertible top and it's headliner and matching boot (tonneau cover) are also in virtually flawless condition. The original and magnificent burled walnut woodwork is also in virtually flawless condition throughout. All the power options and electric windows are working as they should and the air conditioning system blows cold air!
This obviously always extraordinarily well maintained Rolls Royce engine runs extremely strong and these cars are not slow - 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 and this particular model drives particularly well and must be driven to be fully appreciated.
The Corniche was Rolls Royce's coupe and convertible versions of the Silver Shadow saloon and which was 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 late 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 production ceased in 2001.
This is one of only 1,226 Corniche II's built between 1986-89 and 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. Finished in this stunning and exclusive color combination and complete with 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 great investment for the Rolls Royce enthusiast or collector or simply an outstandingly striking example of a very rare and unusual Rolls Royce for the discerning luxury classic car owner!
Without a doubt you will look long and hard to find a finer example of this rare and very collectible and super striking 1988 Rolls Royce Corniche drophead coupe with 34K original miles, an always garaged with no accidents and with absolutely no issues truly well sorted example!