1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible / DRL50545 Vehicle Information

1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche photograph

1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche photograph

1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche photograph

1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche photograph

1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche
Convertible
Chassis #: DRL50545
Sold for $38,000 at 2015 Mecum : Monterey.
The name 'Corniche' was first used by Rolls-Royce in the 1930s on a prototype Bentley Mark V with coachwork by Carrosserie Vanvooren of Paris. The vehicle underwent a 15,000-mile endurance run throughout Europe, after which it was blown up by a bomb on a dock in Dieppe, France, awaiting shipment to England. The name was resurrected in 1971 to rename the Silver Shadow Mulliner Park Ward Fixed Head Coupe and Drop Head Coupe introduced in 1966. Production would continue until 1995 with careful development and relentless improvements along the way, spanning the Corniche, Corniche II, Corniche III, and Corniche IV. The final 25 examples of the Corniche IV were completed in the summer of 1955. They were called the Corniche S and fitted with turbochargers. In 2000, Rolls-Royce introduced the Corniche V, which remained in production until 2001.

The Corniche enjoyed great popularity and even became a cultural icon along the way, so much so that prospective buyers faced a waiting time of up to four years for their Corniche. Both versions of the Corniche offered greater performance than the Silver Shadow.

In 1972, the Corniche received four-wheel, ventilated disc brakes. Cruise control was standard equipment, and despite its weight of nearly 5,000 pounds, the Corniche was a very capable performer, with acceleration from rest to 60 mph in less than 10 seconds, en route to top speeds exceeding 120 mph.

Between 1971 and 1985, Rolls-Royce produced 3,239 Drop Head Coupes. 1980 was the first year the 6.75L V88 would employ Bosch fuel injection, which added power, enhanced efficiency, increased overall reliability, and aided in smoothness. This example has been given a comprehensive, bare-metal restoration. It is finished in White over Ruby interior. Connolly hides complement the refinished woodwork, and a new top, complete with pads and headliner, round out the restoration.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2016


2015 Mecum : Monterey

Sale Price :
USD $38,000

1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1980 sales)
1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible
Chassis#: DRH 0050380
Sold for USD$40,320
  2020 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours
1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche image  1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche image  
1980 ROLLS ROYCE CORNICHE CONVERTIBLE
Sold for USD$30,210
  2019 McCormick's - # 67
 
1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche
Sold for USD$34,100
  2019 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible
Sold for USD$42,900
  2017 Auctions America : Auburn Fall
 
1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible
Chassis#: DRH 50301
Sold for USD$44,753
  2017 Historics at Brookland
 
1980 Rolls Royce Corniche Coupe
Chassis#: CRL 50599C
Sold for USD$35,200
  2017 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche image  1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche image  
1980 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: DRL50499
Sold for USD$34,100
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Palm Beach
 
1980 ROLLS ROYCE CORNICHE
Sold for USD$24,675
  2016 McCormick's - Palm Springs # 60
 
1980 ROLLS ROYCE CORNICHE
Sold for USD$24,675
  2016 McCormick's Auction # 60
 
1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche Drop Head Coupe
Chassis#: DRL50545
Sold for USD$38,000
  2015 Mecum : Monterey
1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche image  1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche image  
1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible
Sold for USD$30,800
  2014 Auctions America - Auburn Spring
 
1980 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: DRL50522C
Sold for USD$62,700
  2014 Barrett-Jackson's 43RD Annual Scottsdale Auction
 
1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible
Sold for USD$27,250
  2013 Mecum - Kansas City Spring 2013
 
1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche
Chassis#: CRX 307 51
Sold for USD$64,915
  2011 RM Auctions - London
 
1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible
Sold for USD$35,500
  2011 Mecum Auctions - Monterey, CA The Daytime Auction
 
1980 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE FIXED-HEAD COUPE
Sold for USD$27,500
  2011 Auctions America - Fort Lauderdale
 
1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche Two-Door Saloon
Chassis#: CRX50264
Sold for USD$68,060
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
 
1980 ROLLS ROYCE CORNICHE CONVERTIBLE
Sold for USD$38,000
  2003 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auction - February 2003
 
1980 Rolls Royce Corniche Convertible
Chassis#: DRL50345
Sold for USD$47,500
  2002 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auction - November 2002
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible 2018 Mecum : Las Vegas   
1980 Rolls Royce Corniche Series II ConvertibleDRL507062018 Coys : Legende et Passion Monaco 2018 $70,000$90,000
1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche Drophead Coupe 2016 Auctions America : Santa Monica$47,500  
1980 ROLLS ROYCE CORNICHE 2015 McCormick's Auction # 59$28,000  
1980 ROLLS ROYCE CORNICHE CVTBLE 2014 McCormick's Palm Springs # 57$31,000  
1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche FHC Hard Top 2010 Auctions America : Auburn Collector Car Auction$27,000  
1980 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE CONVERTIBLE 2003 Kruse Auction Hot Springs, AR$40,000  

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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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