2001 Rolls-Royce Corniche

In January of 2000, the fifth Rolls-Royce to bear the Corniche name made its debut. With a base price of $359,900, it was the most expensive vehicle offered by Rolls-Royce at the time. It was produced in limited numbers and for a short time, ending in 2001, when Bentley and Rolls-Royce became two separate companies again, with two different owners. Bentley became a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG and continued to be manufactured in the Crewe factory while Rolls-Royce was owned solely by BMW and produced in an entirely new factory built by BMW.

The Cornice were hand-built vehicles and the only new Rolls-Royce developed under Volkswagen's ownership, before the marque was passed to BMW in 2003. They had styling cues sourced from the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph sedan, but it shared little mechanically with the BMW-engined car. Instead, the Corniches body was set onto the older platform used for the similarly-styled Bentley Azure, thus it was the first and only Rolls-Royce descended from a Bentley rather than the other way around.

The Cornice were given every luxury and refinement characteristic of a Rolls-Royce, such as a Connolly leather interior, Wilton wool carpets, chrome gauges and a wide choice of exotic wood trims. Dual automatic temperature control, a six-disc CD changer, automatic headlamps and automatic ride control were standard. The 6.75 liter turbocharged V8 engine offered 325 horsepower and gave it a top speed of 135 mph and 0-60 acceleration times of eight seconds. The convertible, weighing 6,840 pounds, was built more for comfort than for speed.

In total, 374 fifth-generation Corniches were built.


by Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2019

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The first Corniche since 1995 was launched in 2000 and was built on a coach-build platform and fitted with the established V8 engine. This developed 325 bhp in the light-turbo charged format used, producing a top speed of 135 mph and a 0-60 time of eight seconds. Production finished at the end of 2002, by which time the new Rolls-Royce Phantom was being built in the all-new manufacturing plant and....
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The Rolls-Royce styling department designed a beautiful, elegantly shaped two-door coupe derivative of the Silver Shadow, which was engineered and produced by Mulliner Park Ward. When launched in March 1996 it was priced at 9,849 pounds, nearly 3,300 pounds more than the standard four-door saloon. This was followed 18 months later by a convertible version priced at 11,511 pounds. Both of these Mulliner....
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First introduced in 1966, the name Park Ward two-door was first given to the trailblazing Convertible, eventually renamed the Corniche. The Corniche was a dramatic departure for Rolls-Royce from the standard steel Silver clouds to the newer and smaller Silver Shadow platforms. The new generation of two-door vehicles was squinty-eyed with sloping inset grilles that brought instant success to....
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2001 Vehicle Profiles

2001 Rolls-Royce Corniche vehicle information

Convertible Coupe

Chassis Num: SCAZK29E31CX68509

After a five year hiatus, the revival of the Corniche nameplate made its return in 1999. By this point in history, Rolls-Royce was owned by BMW, but the Corniche V had been developed while it belonged to Volkswagen, which would keep both the Bentley ....[continue reading]

Convertible Coupe
Chassis #: SCAZK29E31CX68509 

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