Rad Roller: 1985 Rolls Royce Corniche I Convertible – Sold?

by | Jan 2024 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Topless Thursday

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April 4, 2024, Update – While this “ClassiFIND” expired recently, given the seller’s history, we suspect it may not actually be sold yet.  For now, we’re labeling this ride “Sold?” However, we will keep an eye out for an updated listing. In the interim, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

January 16, 2023 Update – The seller replaced their third expired Craigslist ad we are aware of with a fresh listing.  The description, pictures, and asking price continue to remain the same.

December 16, 2023 Update – The seller replaced their second expired Craigslist ad we are aware of with a fresh listing.  The description, pictures, and asking price all remain the same.

November 15, 2023 Update – The seller replaced their expired Craigslist ad with a fresh listing.  The description, pictures, and asking price all remain the same.

RADwood events are a recent phenomenon among younger collectors who enjoy cars from the 1980s and 1990s. A car must have been designed and produced between 1980 and 1999 to enter an event. Exceptions are made as to when a car was designed.  One notable exception is the Rolls Royce models produced during that time frame that were designed years earlier. The Rolls Royce Corniche Series 1, produced between 1971 and 1995 is a prime example.  The Corniche represents a step back in time when Rolls Royce still hand-built their products through a team of highly skilled craftsmen.

This red-over-tan 1985 Rolls Royce Corniche convertible for sale, first spotted in the summer of 2023 on Craigslist in Huntington, New York (Long Island), is a prime example of a RADWood-Eligible Roller.  With only 47K original miles, this Corniche convertible for sale presents as a nicely preserved driver quality example in a bolder color combination rarely seen on these luxury convertibles. In a nod to the car’s old-world charm, this Corniche convertible for sale still features dual door-mounted, lockable bars complete with crystal decanters and flasks!  We’ve noticed this Rolls Royce posted for sale several times over the summer, and now, with fall fully underway, the seller may be even more motivated to sell their Corniche before the snow flies.

Last offered for $48,500, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is inline with this guide’s three-month rolling results trend for similar Series 1 examples.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can get a sense of what comparable examples sold for recently:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $29,400 and its #3 “Good” appraisal of $52,500.

Rolls Royce hand-built the Corniche as its two-door personal luxury offering from 1971 through 1995 in hardtop coupé and convertible body styles.  The Rolls Royce team developed the Corniche as offshoots of the Mulliner Park Ward two-door version of the brand’s Silver Shadow.  Bentley produced a badge-engineered version of the Cornich during the same period known as the Continental.

The 1985 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible is an iconic luxury car that exemplifies the elegance and opulence that the brand is renowned for. With a history dating back to 1971, the Corniche nameplate had become synonymous with the pinnacle of British automotive craftsmanship by the time the 1985 model rolled off the assembly line. It represented the culmination of Rolls-Royce’s dedication to producing vehicles of exceptional quality and style, and the 1985 model was no exception.

At first glance, the 1985 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible exudes an aura of timeless class and sophistication. The design of this luxury convertible is unmistakably elegant, with smooth, flowing lines, a long hood, and a short rear deck. The body features a blend of chrome accents, meticulously handcrafted wood trim, and a stainless steel grille that gives it a distinguished and regal appearance. The Corniche’s aesthetic appeal is further enhanced by its high-quality paintwork, which comes in a range of classic and custom colors to cater to individual tastes.

Under the bonnet, the 1985 Corniche is powered by a 6.75-liter V8 engine, a Rolls-Royce hallmark. The engine is a testament to the brand’s commitment to delivering a refined driving experience, offering ample power and torque for effortless acceleration. Mated to a three-speed automatic transmission, it delivers a smooth and dignified ride, allowing occupants to glide along the road in absolute comfort.

The interior of the 1985 Corniche Convertible is where this Rolls-Royce truly shines. Step inside, and you’ll be enveloped in a world of luxury and craftsmanship. Plush leather seats, available in a variety of colors and finishes, provide a comfortable and supportive environment for both driver and passengers. The attention to detail in the cabin is remarkable, with handcrafted wood veneers adorning the dashboard, doors, and center console. The woodwork is a testament to the skill of Rolls-Royce artisans, with intricate patterns and a high-gloss finish that exudes opulence.

The dashboard features a set of well-organized, classic-looking gauges, giving the driver access to important information at a glance. The steering wheel, adorned with a thin rim of wood and leather, is a joy to hold. All the controls and switches are intuitively placed, ensuring ease of use. Moreover, the cabin is designed to be exceptionally quiet, providing a serene environment that allows occupants to engage in conversations or enjoy the ride in peace.

One of the most notable features of the 1985 Corniche Convertible is its power-operated convertible top. With just a touch of a button, the soft top gracefully stows away, allowing the car to transform from an enclosed coupe to an open-air convertible. The top is made of high-quality fabric and is well-insulated, ensuring a quiet ride even when the roof is down. The power top mechanism is known for its reliability and smooth operation, a testament to Rolls-Royce’s commitment to quality.

The ride and handling of the 1985 Corniche are impeccable. Thanks to its advanced suspension system, the car soaks up road imperfections with ease, providing a comfortable and smooth ride. The steering is precise, and the car handles with grace and agility despite its considerable size. Rolls-Royce’s engineers paid meticulous attention to the car’s dynamics to ensure that it maintains its composure and poise, making it a pleasure to drive.

In terms of features and amenities, the 1985 Corniche offers a level of customization that is unparalleled. Customers could order their vehicles to be outfitted with various bespoke options, including personalized upholstery, additional woodwork, and even custom exterior paint. Furthermore, standard features of the era included power windows, air conditioning, and a high-end audio system.

The 1985 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible, with its blend of timeless design, impeccable craftsmanship, and advanced engineering, represents the epitome of luxury motoring. It was a vehicle that appealed to those who demanded nothing but the best and was often chosen by celebrities, dignitaries, and discerning enthusiasts. Its legacy continues to live on, as these classic luxury cars are cherished by collectors and car aficionados who appreciate the artistry and craftsmanship of a bygone era. The 1985 Corniche Convertible is a symbol of the enduring legacy of Rolls-Royce as a purveyor of the world’s finest automobiles.

The Carfection YouTube Channel provides a nice modern look at a vintage Rolls Royce Corniche convertible and asks the question of whether you can buy class purchasing one:

The most expensive car you can buy is a cheap Rolls Royce.  With this 1985 Rolls Royce Corniche convertible for sale priced at the lower end of the demand curve, potential buyers must review the maintenance records for this example.  As long as there has been no deferred maintenance on this 47K mile example, then this Roller drop-top will make a fine addition to someone’s collection.

If you are serious about buying this Rolls Royce Corniche, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please mention that you saw their Rad Era Roller featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1985 Rolls-Royce Corniche, LHD Convertible.

This Rolls-Royce Corniche is an example of pure English craftsmanship. The interior is an authentic experience of atmosphere and luxury. The luxurious seats and rear seats are fitted with beautiful beige, leather with red piping, and the interior is finished with exclusive woodwork. Combined with the chrome and the beige electrically operated convertible top, it is an absolute pleasure.

The ‘flying lady’ (spirit of ecstasy) is on the hood in silver with a noticeable grill.
(2) Hidden Bars with Crystal and flask.

This Rolls-Royce is powered by a 6.750 L V8 engine coupled to a well-shifting automatic gearbox. 47,000 miles

Came from Rolls-Royce dealer in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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