Een auto die in een halve eeuw tijd minder dan 15.000 kilometers aflegt moet óf compleet verwaarloosd óf extreem vertroeteld zijn. Werp een blik op deze uniek mooie Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible en “let the looks do the talking”. De modernere interpretatie van de dakloze Silver Shadow is een klassieker van het zeldzame soort. Letterlijk, want van de 1e serie zijn slechts 77 (!) exemplaren gebouwd. En natuurlijk is er niet één zo samengesteld als deze. De oogverblindend mooie conditie maakt dat het niet moeilijk is om te fantaseren over een comfortabele rit langs een schitterende kust. Rolls-Royce verwijst met de lakkleur naar een wel héél fraaie oceaan, want zo helderblauw zien we het water doorgaans alleen in zwembaden. Of het moeten de Bahama’s zijn. Zullen we afspreken dat u de Corniche niet meteen op de boot zet? Dan kan Nederland er ook nog even van genieten…Lees verder
Rolls-Royce Corniche Silver Shadow
A car that drove less than 15,000 kilometers in half a century must be either completely neglected or absolutely perfect. Take a look at this extraordinary Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible and let the looks do the talking. The more modern interpretation of the open Silver Shadow is a classic of the rarest kind. Literally, because only 77 (!) of the 1st series were built. And of course there’s not one quite like this one. The dazzlingly beautiful condition means that it’s not difficult to fantasize about a comfortable ride along the coast. Rolls-Royce refers to an ocean with the name of the lacquer. But the truth is, usually we can only see this kind of blue in swimming pools. Or it must be the Bahamas. Shall we agree not to put the Corniche on the boat right away? We like to look at it for a little longer…
The Rolls-Royce Corniche descends from the Silver Shadow models, but it took a while before the British realized that the Coupé and Convertible deserved their own name. So the 1967 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Convertible is named Corniche Convertible since 1971. Of course, when perfection is your main target every detail takes a lot of time. Ask the builders of this Rolls: six months of hard work for only one car is pretty standard according to the iconic car manufacturer. With the greatest precision the grille was polished, the skin of the leather upholstery selected and the legendary “pinstripe” drawn on the sides. Talking about craftsmanship…
The design of the Rolls-Royce Corniche is masterful: the Convertible has sort of the same long bodywork as the 4-door Silver Shadow versions. Besides having 2 doors and a steel roof less than the limousine, the Corniche is known for its characteristic curl in front of the rear wheels. The stainless steel grille (polished for many hours) is huge, just as the size and quality of the model. However, the details of the British giant are so stylish that it doesn’t feel too showy at all. It’s more like a fine piece of engineering that everyone respects. Thanks to the Ocean Blue lacquer, the classic cannot be missed on the public road. Although apparently he rarely drove there all those years. The cream white soft-top and pinstripes reflect Rolls-Royce’s drive for perfection. But the biggest surprise is really on the inside…
To be fairly honest it’s only the windshield that tells us the Ocean Blue bodywork isn’t extended right to the dashboard. The reason: its leather upholstery has the exact same color. It shows guts and taste, because the result is simply brilliant. The wooden interior finish is typical Rolls-Royce, but the rest of the configuration is mind-blowing different. Take a deep bow; we’ve got nothing but respect for it. The original instruments, radio and switches give you the ultimate nostalgia feeling. Never thought that a chrome-plated ashtray could have such an impact… The white lines on the outside of the Corniche Convertible are also reflected in the interior, pointing at the beautiful piping on the seats and door panels. Sitting in the Rolls-Royce Corniche is an experience in itself, with leather as thick as Ian Fleming’s books. The dark blue carpets also seem to have rolled straight out of a classic living room.
And that’s not the only thing rolling smoothly. The 6.75 liter V8 runs strong and quiet. An automatic gearbox is included, but counting gears actually is a real challenge: the Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible shifts unnoticed. Obviously, the emphasis is on comfort, although the 8-cylinder is very responsive when extra power is required. The Corniche knows no imperfections and drives the exact same way. You couldn’t ask for more when you’re determined to add quite a few miles to the modest 9,000 that are on it now. The car deserves it, that’s for sure.