Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible

Full name

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



- Production years: from 1971 up to and including 1977
- Production number: 1.232
- Percentage of the complete production: 3,0%



- The first character of the chassisnumber of every Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible (series I) is a D and the second is a R.
- The right-hand drive Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible (series I) has on the third position always a H, the left-hand drive has a X, A, B, C, D, or E.
- Examples: DRH13348 and DRE26704.
- The first Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible (series I) is DRH9919, the last one is DRE26705.


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)
- Electrical convertible top
- 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 convertible could also be delivered with a two-tone paint scheme

The Corniche got new shaped wheel covers.
Picture: the DRE25049 from 1976.

The front of the Corniche convertible is similar to the Corniche 2-door saloon. The Corniche has special wheel covers. The fog lights in the front are standard.
Picture: the DRH11438 from 1971.

The folding roof can electrically be opened. At the rear the Corniche has no round but rectangular reversing lights. Further the Corniche has an identification plate on the boot lid.
Picture: the DRE23777 from 1976.

The American cars from 1973 on got the rubber bumpers. The car on the picture has a two-tone paint scheme.
Picture: the DRE25049 from 1976.


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