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1981 Rolls Royce Corniche Drop Head (convertible)

Make: Rolls-Royce
Model: Corniche
Type: Convertible
Trim: Triple Black
Year: 1981
Mileage: 67,900
Color: Black
Engine: 6.75 Liter
Cylinders: 8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Black
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Del Mar, California, United States

1981 Rolls-Royce Corniche Triple Black Additional Info:

Offered for auction is my 1981 Rolls-Royce Corniche Drop Head Coupe’. This car is a stunning and very desirable Triple Black color combination in excellent condition inside, outside and under the hood. This Corniche runs and drives beautifully and shows very well in person. In fact, it took a First Place award at the Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club (RROC) annual Concours show for the Southern CA region this past April 2017 in the Coachbuilt Corniche, Camargue and Mulliner Park Ward Class. This Corniche is not without any cosmetic flaws and is a very high quality “driver”, however, it is a cut above most others out there and justified at this Concours event. I am an active RROC member and participate in our local meets and technical seminars.

This Corniche is solid, rust-free and has always been a Southern CA garage kept car. The black paint has a mirror finish and the chrome excellent. As with all Corniches, there are a few minor cracks in the paint on the top of the fenders which often go unnoticed by admirers. This is common and due to the lead used to join the panels when being built. The body is very straight when looking down the sides and the convertible top is excellent in appearance and fit. The side glass and their chrome moldings are excellent. The interior wood trim is very nice as shown in the photos and the rich black leather is soft. This has always been a garage kept non-smoker car noted by its wonderful leather interior aroma and virgin ashtrays. The headliner is clean and taught and the wool carpets are excellent as well as their mouton wool overlays. Under the hood is clean and shows very well and the boot area is very clean. Noted in one of the photos are the owner’s handbook, manuals and service records plus 3 sets of keys including wheel lock keys. The jack and tool kit are also present.

This Corniche was sold new by Roy Carver Rolls-Royce in Newport Beach, CA and includes its service history with impeccable documentation including the build sheet and factory warranty repair records showing excellent maintenance. A previous owner of 18 years serviced the car at Rolls-Royce Beverly Hills and subsequently at Scott Motors an independent Rolls/Bentley Specialist in Los Angeles when the R-R dealer service writer took a job as a service writer at Scott Motors. He owned the car until 2012.Invoices show this owner always made sure the car was serviced. He was and still is a Beverly Hills resident and had many upgrades done to this car to update it to Corniche II and III specifications. These upgrades were performed or facilitated by Rolls-Royce Beverly Hills and include:

· Corniche II/III Full Chrome Wheels

· Corniche II/III/IV Rear Body Panel Housing Reverse and Stop Lamps

· Chrome Wheelhouse Moldings

· Third Brake Lamp on Boot Lid

· Chrome R-R Boot Lid Badge

· Thicker Rim Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel

· Rubber Bumper Strips Painted Body Color

· 85 MPH Speedometer Face Replaced with 140 MPH and Calibrated

· A/C Updated to 134a Refrigerant

· Lucas Alternator Replaced with Delco 100 amp With Internal Regulator (factory recommended retrofit and service bulletin)

Maintenance records are detailed and show a rebuilt transmission, gas springs, A/C circuit board, fuel injectors and brake pumps within the last 5,000 miles just to mention some of its upkeep. Within the last 8 months and 1,000 miles, I have flushed the cooling system, replaced the spark plugs/tune-up, oil changed and 4 new 235/70/15 tires were fitted. Of course, the car is always polished and covered in my garage. A soft flannel lined car cover is included with the sale.

This is a beautiful Rolls-Royce Corniche in the best of colors. The interior and leather are just a joy to sit in and feel the luxury. A clean CarFax report and service records support the mileage of this car.

I am selling the Corniche because I am downsizing my collection. Please feel free to contact me with any questions as I am happy to answer them.