1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible / DRG 32270 Chassis Information

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1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche photograph

1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche photograph

1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche photograph

1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche photograph

1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche photograph

1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche photograph

1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche photograph

1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche photograph

1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche photograph

1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche photograph

1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche photograph

1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche photograph

1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche photograph

1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche photograph

1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche photograph

1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche photograph

1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche photograph

1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche photograph

1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche photograph

1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche photograph

1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche photograph

1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche photograph

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Convertible
Chassis #: DRG 32270
Sold for $82,500 at 2014 Motor City Auction by RM Auctions.
Rolls-Royce introduced the Corniche Drophead Coupe in 1970 as a convertible variant of the Silver Shadow, and would remain in production for 25 years. Each example was built to individual customer order at Rolls-Royce's Mulliner Park Ward coachworks in London, taking over a month to handcraft. Inside, they were given luxurious Connolly leather.

This example was acquired by Michigan businessman Richard Kughn, who purchased this Corniche new from Estate Motors, of Birmingham, Michigan. It was finished in Silver Sand over Chestnut, with a being tan leather interior that was piped in black and surrounded by handcrafted burled walnut. It has factory air conditioning, an AM/FM radio, and an eight-track tape player.

Mr. Kughn took delivery from salesman Horst Ruschke on July 27, 1978. After spending time in Michigan, it eventually made its way to his winter home in Naples, Florida where it was occasionally driven and carefully maintained for the next 36 years. Currently, it remains in excellent, largely original, and well-preserved condition.

The car has been driven just 3,600 miles since new. The engine is an overhead-valve V8 engine displacing 412 cubic-inches and offering 220 horsepower. There is a three-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel disc brakes.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2014


2014 Motor City Auction by RM Auctions

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$45,000-$55,000 
Sale Price :
$82,500

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Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1978 sales)
1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible
Chassis#: DRH31285
Sold for $46,602
  2015 Historics at Brookland
 
1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche Drophead Coupe
Sold for $33,000
  2015 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche Drophead Coupe by Mulliner Park Ward
Chassis#: DRG 32270
Sold for $82,500
  2014 Motor City Auction by RM Auctions
1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche image  1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche image  
1978 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE 2 DOOR CONVERTIBLE
Sold for $38,500
  2010 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2010
 
1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible
Chassis#: DRH31872
Sold for $30,512
  2009 Coys Auction - Spring Classics
 
1978 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE CONVERTIBLE
Sold for $28,600
  2003 Kruse Auction - Ft.Lauderdale, Fl
 
1978 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE CONVERTIBLE
Sold for $31,500
  2002 Kruse Auction - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1978 ROLLS- ROYCE CORNICHE CONVERTIBLE 1 DROPHEADDRH319602019 The Roy Savage Collection of Classic Cars $110,000$125,000
1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche Drophead Coupe 2016 Mecum : Dallas$56,000  
1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche ConvertibleDRH321732013 Coys Auctions Spring Classics $22,000$28,000
1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible 2008 RM Auctions Classic Car Auction of Toronto Spring$55,000  
1978 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE CONVERTIBLE 2001 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$37,000  

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Corniche1971 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: DRX9266
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Corniche1973 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: 16785
Engine Num: 16785
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Corniche1975 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Corniche1976 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: CRE 26154


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