1976 Rolls Royce Corniche convertible

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The impressive Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible offers terrific value for the money
The impressive Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible offers terrific value for the money

Of all the cars in the world, none is more storied and more impressive than a Rolls-Royce. The company’s motto is “The best car in the world,” and a good example of any Rolls-Royce certainly delivers on that promise.

This is partly due to the fact that a Rolls-Royce has always been one of the most expensive cars in the world, always costing more than the average house by a long shot. When just looking at a Rolls and sitting behind the wheel, you see immediately where all that money was spent.You never doubt for a minute that the car cost as much as it did new because quality is everywhere you look and touch. Arriving to any destination in a Rolls-Royce is a sense of occasion like no other.

The interior is rich with burled walnut trim and supple leather seats
The interior is rich with burled walnut trim and supple leather seats

The plus side of this is that there are a great number of affordable Rolls-Royce motorcars out there on the used car market, and none is a better deal than the Corniche convertible, such as our Pick of the Day.

The Corniche was and is a model purchased by a veritable who’s who of the rich and famous. This was the most expensive car the company sold at the time,with a price tag of more than $300,000 by the end of its production.

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According to the seller, “This 1976 Rolls Royce Corniche convertible is largely original. It includes lamb’s wool overlay rugs in great condition The interior is adorned with its original deep lacquer-finished Burl Walnut trim, and it’s Connolly leather seats are still soft and supple to the touch. Inside, the car is fitted with a fully lined and insulated Everflex convertible for maximum comfort.

“This is one of the finest Corniche convertibles to be found anywhere, and this is one of the last of the truly hand-crafted Rolls Royce models before being acquired by outside interests and being turned into ordinary mass-produced automobiles.”

The asking price for this fine motorcar advertised on ClassicCars.com is a very fair $33,000 and is a low market price for the model. We would recommend getting a Road Ready Inspection before purchase.  If in the right condition there is no car I can think of that offers more value for the money than this one.

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Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

1 COMMENT

  1. As a recent buyer if one of these a private inspection is very advisable. Mine was “inspected” by the owner’s mechanic in Miami (whom was even recommended by RR club members) and needs $18k dollars worth of repairs to make it road worthy. It was unsafe to drive in condition I received it in and could have killed me and my family. Do not trust an owner’s mechanic unless you want to live dangerously. You have been warned.

  2. I have the same experience like Jay many times, spending more than $30K with so-called renown classic car restorers but i was disappointed every time. You will be under their mercy, you have to pay them and yet you have to see their true colors. Worst still, if you are not there to monitor the jobs.

  3. I bought a used RR in Miami from a RR dealer. They didn’t do anything they said they would, to the car, if I purchased it. I’ve put about $3000 in it so far.

    My tune up was only $ 1300. Spark plugs are $40 apiece.

  4. Firstly these are horrendously complicated cars , only thing that saves you is a long list of bills and history from a marque specialist , the guys who deal in the new ones know nothing about these older cars , be warned , only place I would ever have one of these now is if I lived near a ‘ real ‘ specialist – if the cars has been in the hands of a village mechanic just run a mile , I had one and the mechanic had put wedges in the springs , right next to the lever which raises and lowers the suspension , the electrics are a law unto themselves , well maintained it’ll be a thing of joy and pleasure all your life – if not a money pit !