Stunning: ’73 Rolls-Royce Corniche FHC
We usually shy away from a contemporary Rolls-Royce but this one leaped off the page. It is also a Corniche and although all R-Rs are special, the Corniche is extra super special. The Corniche was the coupe and drop top version of the Silver Shadow produced between 1971 and 1996. The model was assembled and finished in London at Mulliner Park Ward as continuation of the 1965 Silver Shadow coupe and 1967 drop head. Typically, a Corniche was a custom built car. It would be unlikely to see a car carrier with 7 of them being dropped off at a dealer for inventory. And that is what we liked about this Corniche we found today. It is so elegant in dark cherry with black interior. The interior is a place we want to sit in with a good cigar, a snifter of cognac and the latest issue of Automobile Magazine. The 3-owner car has just over 60,000 miles and we sort of like that too. It is low mileage for a ’73 but it isn’t silly low mileage like 24,000. Cars need to be exercised and it would appear this one had some use. The seller states it has just come from a $40,000 refresh. Probably a really easy number to hit when you consider all of the chrome, leather and wood. The leather looks like it might be original as the seller states because it shows some patina. This Corniche Fixed Head Coupe (FHC) has a rare sunroof option. The sunroof was a $7,000 option back in ’73. Yikes! Read the listing to enjoy all of the details of the work. This isn’t a acquisition to undertake without careful thought and further inspection. These are very expensive cars to maintain. Perhaps not Ferrari expensive but not Mercedes expensive either. Somewhere in between. But the cosmetic work has been tackled so a reserve for the inevitable mechanical work should be kept in place. If you live in an area where there is no mechanical support – a R-R specialist – maybe you should consider something else? Owning a classic is supposed to be fun and enjoyed and not be burdened by inconvenience. Click here for the detailed eBay listing.