Rolls-Royce Corniche 2-door saloon

Full name

Rolls-Royce Corniche 2-door saloon (based on the series I).
The Corniche 2-door saloon based on the Silver Shadow II carries the name Corniche 2-door saloon too but is shown on another page.



- Production years: from 1971 up to and including 1977
- Production number: 780
- Percentage of the complete production: 1,9%



- The first character of the chassisnumber of every Rolls-Royce Corniche 2-door saloon (series I) is a C and the second is a R.
- The right-hand drive Rolls-Royce Corniche 2-door saloon (series I) has on the third position always a H, the left-hand drive has a X, A, B, C, D, or E.
- Examples: CRH17455 and CRE26626.
- The first Rolls-Royce Corniche 2-door saloon (series I) is CRH9770, the last one is CRE26703.


What makes this model unique

- Two doors
- Chrome bumpers in the early years and more and more often black rubber bumpers in the later years; the American Corniches from mid 1973 all have rubber bumpers
- Special Corniche wheel covers
- A 15% thicker grille than the Silver Shadow
- Fog lights in the front (not on the American cars)
- Rectangular reversing lights
- Uplifted waistline above the rear wheelarch
- Modified, lower rear side (with regard to the 4-door saloon)
- 1 Inch lower than the 4-door saloon
- No side garnish
- Identification plate "CORNICHE" on the boot lid
- About 10% more engine horsepower than the 4-door saloon
- Special Corniche dashboard with a rev counter


Further details and special features

- The Corniche was used to try new technologies and often anticipated on the modifications of the Silver Shadow.
- The Corniche 2-door saloon could also be delivered with an everflex covered roof and with a two-tone paint scheme

In the front can hardly be seen that this is a two-door saloon or you are able to see that this car is one inch lower. This car has the standard fog lights and the special Corniche wheel covers. On this picture the thicker grille is well visible.
Picture: the CRH24805 from 1976.

This Corniche 2-door saloon has an everflex covered roof and a two-tone paint scheme. The car has been delivered on the American market and has the black rubber bumpers.
Picture: the CRD22253 from 1975.

The Corniche 2-door saloon has rectangular reversing lights on the boot lid and an identification plate. The single exhaust shows that this is an American car of the series I and not a series II.
Picture: the CRD22253 from 1975.


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