Rolls Royce Corniche Convertible
One does not drive these beautiful cars often enough to grow accustomed to them. – Rolls Royce, sixties
You know that feeling when you book an expensive hotel room with your sweetheart. You step inside and enjoy the fact that everything feels exaggeratedly soft yet firm. You pop down and say to each other that the holiday feeling is already creeping in. This is the feeling Rolls Royce wants to promise her owners every day.
In pre-war times there were already a lot of Rolls Royce owners who owned a house in the South of France. Many of them took a picture with a straw hat and boat shoes at the ‘Grand-Corniche’, a breathtaking view of the French Riviera. To appeal to precisely this public with a beautiful luxury convertible, the Rolls Royce open touring was christened the Corniche.
As a stunt to spread the comfort, Rolls Royce drove the convertible up and down to Marseille from the factory in one day. This caught on, resulting in an immense popularity which made even the richest of the richest have to wait a long time before they could get their hair blown in style. It may be clear what the car is meant for, enjoying the sunniest places on earth in absolute luxury. The previous owner, a Rolls Royce fanatic and collector, did exactly that last year; up and down to St. Tropez in the Rolls Royce Corniche.
This Rolls Royce was delivered in 1981 by Frank Dale. A name that may not tell you anything at first glance, but they have been specialising in the delivery of Bentley and Rolls Royce since 1942. After that the car drove newlyweds for a long time. Before that, of course, the wedding company had to make sure that the car was always polished to perfection, and perfectly maintained. Last year, the car had a very thorough overhaul at Stoffels Classic Cars; in short, a classic that you can drive with panache to many oyster parties in the South of France.
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