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Car of the Month - May 2007
Rolls-Royce Corniche, 2002, #YCX68148

Rolls-Royce Corniche

The designation "Corniche" was to be found in all the annals of recorded history of Rolls-Royce a few decades earlier than 1971. It is true that the name from 1971 onward became famous as that of two door models which were offered – as convertibles and as 2-door saloons – in Rolls-Royce and Bentley guise. Over a period of more than two decades the model series was offered (from 1982 onward only the drophead coupe remained in production) and all in all more than 5,000 of these cars were sold. However the Corniche designation's roots dated back to the period of the 30ies. The outbreak of World War II in 1939 had marked the end for the Bentley Corniche when that attractive high-performance sports car still wasn't beyond an infant stage.

Rolls-Royce Corniche


With such a background it is understandable that there was almost no argument against the name "Corniche" when the design-team had finished work on a new drophead coupé. The open 4-seater (that had been dealt with unter the codename "Project Borrego") was the last model by Rolls-Royce that was built at Crewe. The contracts to strictly separate Rolls-Royce and Bentley within the not too distant future had already been signed. The factory at Crewe would then concentrate merely on building Bentley motor cars whereas future Rolls-Royce were to be produced at a newly erected factory elsewhere. Thus from the very beginning the production time of this creation was limited and in the end the production figure was less than 380.

Rolls-Royce Corniche

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