Rolls-Royce, 1971, Corniche

Rolls-Royce “Corniche”

The open version of the Silver Shadow, the first Rolls Royce body chassis with brake disks, was presented in September 1967, but it was only at the 1972 Geneva Motor Show that is was re-named Corniche, thus becoming a model in its own right.

The Corniche, the name of the panoramic road in France that runs along the Côte d’Azur, was aimed at an exclusive and demanding public, who were willing to forego a little comfort (the noisiest soft-top vehicle) in favour of a sporting touch.

The car in the Museo, one of the first produced with the Corniche name, has a particular story since Universal Studios in Hollywood gave it to the actor Dean Martin (whose real name was Dino Paul Crocetti, born in Ohio of Italian origin), as the plate inside the driver and passenger compartment shows.

 

Vehicle
Marque: Rolls Royce
Model: Corniche
Cylinder number / Capacity: 8 at V/675 cc
Power: 225 bhp at 4000 rpm
Weight: 2387 kg
Length: 5196 cm
Width: 1836 cm
Height: 1485 cm
Period of production: 1971 / 1976
Numbers Built: 1.233
Bodywork:
Marque: Mulliner, Park Ward
Type: Cabriolet
Sponsor
Friends of the Museum