*This is a translation done by a machine.
Corniche is the name of the scenic road that runs along the Gulf Coast of the Cote d'Azur in southern France. It was originally used for Bentley's prototype car (built in 1939); from 1931, Bentley was part of the Rolls Royce family, and the name was later used for Rolls Royce and Bentley's luxurious personal models.
In the late '60s, Rolls Royce & Bentley had Mulliner Park Ward build two door sports coupe and drop head coupe (open) models based on the Silver Shadow & T1 four-door saloon.
In the prewar Rolls Royce, the manufacturer made the contents (Chassis and power train), and the outside panel body panel was made by the Coachbuilder (like Carrozzeria in Italy) of the subcontractor who listened to the customer's order and made the shape that he liked. Mulliner Park Ward (MPW) was created by the merger of the Mulliner and Park Ward, the top 2 Coachbuilder in the UK, which until the 1960s had 200 ~ 300 companies, and it was, the world's leading body manufacturer. It was Rolls Royce who led the merger.
In 1971, Rolls Royce and Bentley would use the name "Corniche" for the luxury and opulence of their two door coupe and convertible models.
The Corniche mechanism is basically made from the same age of saloon, but the body panel is made carefully by MPW, and although the image is similar to silver shadow, there are almost no identical parts. In other words, it was completely different from the standard model and was never just a two-door version of a sedan. It is said that the production time was twice as long as standard saloon.
The traditional 6750cc (6747cc) aluminum alloy V8 OHV engine was also hand built by skilled craftsmen.
There are roughly four types in the Corniche series at that time. Recently, the popular classic model series is the 1st series of iron bumpers, and it is said that there are 6 ~ 7 kinds of specifications depending on the age.
If we divide the history of the Corniche, the carburetor specification is the Corniche I, and after 86 when the interior and exterior became modern due to the introduction of the injection specification, the Corniche II will be used after 90, the Corniche III will be used with airbags, and after 92, the full electric open type and the 4AT (Before that, it was partly a manual electric hood with 3AT.) Corniche IV, but only the Series I was the only one that had a coupe body Corniche.
|Jun Nishikawa's Highlights!|
It's a 1977 Corniche.
It is owned by the famous garage Igarashi, which is famous in the world of classic and vintage cars in Japan, and of course, it has undergone internal and external and engine system restoration in house.
The 2 tone body color that is just painted is especially eye-catching. The image of Rolls Royce is somewhat different from the pop coordination, but it seems to enhance the appeal of the Mulliner Park Ward 2 door saloon.
When I got closer to check it out, to my surprise, both the blue and white pearls are there. Normally, when you put the latest pearl paint on a classic model, the finish is often uncomfortable, but that's not the case on this car. The pearls are very fine and evenly distributed. It's a testament to the high level of paintmanship. By the way, the original color was white.
The rubber around the body and the seal rubber on the front and rear windows were also replaced. The tail lenses are new as well. The dark blue interior has been repainted and the carpeting is new. Tools and jacks were also in place.
The engine and the undercarriage are carefully prepared. Engine related items that have been replaced include tappet cover gaskets, water pump, all belts, all hoses, radiator core, heater valve, choke heater pipe, engine mounts are replaced, and the carburetor, alternator and starter have been overhauled.
As for the undercarriage and brake related areas, front and rear hub bearing seats, front and rear caliper seals and pistons, all brake hoses, brake pump seals, front and rear brake pump high pressure pipes, undercarriage bushings and boots, column shaft coupling rubber, clean floats in reserve tanks, tires, etc. have been replaced and the accumulator has been replaced with a safe cartridge type.
The odometer is only 6200km. It's a new parallel car and is practically a single owner. The previous owner's story was very interesting, but I'm not comfortable disclosing it to the public. Please become the owner and take over that anecdotes, too.
Originally written by Jun Nishikawa
Photo by Junichi Okumura
Published on November 2020
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