NEW! Award 74: 1978 Rolls Royce Corniche I Drophead Coupe – Sold?

by | Jun 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, NEW Award, Topless Thursday

June 16, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this Rolls Royce “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

June 7, 2021 – We just confirmed the private seller of this beautiful Rolls Royce just lowered their asking price by five thousand dollars to $72,000. Despite a sizable decrease, the revised ask still leaves this car well above the #1 estimates so we predict this Roller will continue to linger.

Great looking, apparently well-preserved classic car cheapened by a horrible choice of strip mall background. With plenty of great parks and Lake Michigan shoreline to choose a proper background, we’re fascinated by the seller’s choice of taking pictures in a random parking lot of their 1978 Rolls Royce Corniche I Drophead Coupe originally listed in May 2021 on Craigslist near Chicago, Illinois for what is still an incredibly ambitious asking price of $77,000, which is down from the original ask of $79,000. Comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Corniche I inappropriately priced $22,800 higher than this guide’s #1 “Concours” appraisal of $56,100. As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool confirms the asking price is $12,400 above this guide’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $66,600. Third, ties with Hagerty’s mid-fifties estimate. Even Dean Martin’s former 1980 Corniche I only hammered at $72,000 last fall during an online Barrett-Jackson event. While this is a stunning, low-mileage, well-detailed, and documented example maintained by a Rolls Royce Owners Club member,  the asking price is way out of line with the current market and consequently, the current caretaker earns our latest “NEW!” (short for “No Effin Way!”) Award.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“For sale by owner
1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche Drop head coupe or in English standards convertible
45k Miles

This is a truly wonderful example
In near flawless condition
I drive it most weekends weather permitting

And archived with Rolls-Royce owners club RROC which I am also a member.
Extremely well serviced and preserved
Included are all service records owners manuals books build cheats and much more documentation from Rolls-Royce archives

Recently serviced
Complete new AC. Which is ice cold
All new brakes.
New tires.
Oil change and all fluids flushed
And serviced only by Certified Master Rolls-Royce.

Also included are all original hand tools

Frankly if you are looking for perhaps the nicest example to date look no further
Needs absolutely nothing but a new owner

No test drives except for serious buyers and experienced Rolls-Royce owners
It has been taken care of and serviced
so well that it can be a daily driver & of course a remarkable addition to any collection
Private party $79,000 ///7/7/3//9/8/2//4/0/4/2//
All photos were recently taken
On May 13, 2021
The Color is quite bright but appears more bright in photos on a sunny day

And please no scams I will contact authorities immediately if need be.

Only willing to meet in a public place
Respectfully you just don’t know who you’re meeting these days preferably my bank or yours. Thank you for understanding

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