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Car of the Month - January 2008
Rolls-Royce Corniche II, 1989, #JRX23163
Convertible by Mulliner Park Ward

  Rolls-Royce Corniche II

Almost with no exception any publication does inform the Rolls-Royce Corniche II was introduced in 1987 in the USA and from 1988 onward in all other markets although such information isn’t hundred percent correct. An additional hint is needed that the model Corniche II was launched in the USA for "Model Year 1987" and then made its debut to the rest of the world for "Model Year 1988". Clearly evident from documents kept in archives here is the fact that details and photos as regards Corniche II had been provided by the manufacturer in 1986 already – and that is explained easily because usually the company started production of cars to the pattern of the new model year during autumn of the previous year, i.e. during the last months of 1986.

Rolls-Royce Corniche II

A question mark is to be set, too, as regards that almost unison repeated statement, this model did no longer sport those adjustable armrests fitted to the front seats' backrests. If a customer expressed a desire for a certain extra, such was taken most serious by Rolls-Royce and the wish was, of course, fulfilled; the only restriction by the manufacturer has been that neither obligatory regulations nor safety aspects were hurt. This Rolls-Royce Corniche II was built for a client in the USA and it does offer the comfort of separate adjustable armrests – although these reportedly were no longer on the list of extras.


Rolls-Royce Corniche II

It is worth a note, too, that this Rolls-Royce Corniche II is standing on light alloy wheels which indeed are exactly those that were made specially to the order of the company. It is true that such were standard only for convertibles that were offered with the sister marque's radiator, i.e. in the form of Bentley Continental whereas information as regards the Rolls-Royce Corniche II has been that the model was delivered with steel rims. However that rule had exceptions and one is shown here. Perhaps it isn't but an amusing anecdote that from a dialogue in a dealer's showroom the important sentence was: “The answer is “YES” – what is your question?”

Rolls-Royce Corniche II

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