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1991 Rolls-Royce Corniche III convertible; by HJ Mulliner Park-Ward

Make: Rolls-Royce
Model: Corniche
SubModel: III convertible; by HJ Mulliner Park-Ward
Type: Convertible
Trim: III convertible; by HJ Mulliner Park-Ward
Year: 1991
Mileage: 15000
VIN: SCAZD02A0MCX30343
Color: Tudor Red (non-metallic)
Engine: 6.75 litre Rolls-Royce naturally aspirated V8
Cylinders: 8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Black Connolly hides
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Safety: Anti-Lock Brakes
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Barrington, Illinois, United States
Extras
power roof, Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Seats
CD Player, Convertible, Leather Seats
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Description for Rolls-Royce Corniche 1991







Rolls-Royce

Corniche III

Convertible


1991


A true concours example with only 15,000 miles!






First and foremost, the introduction to this description is paramount; this is the most immaculate and "like-new" Corniche convertible you will find anywhere. So spectacular in its exemplary condition and presentation, you would be well and truly forgiven to think you are looking at a 1 or 2 year old example. She is stunning!!

An incredibly fine example of a Corniche III convertible finished in delectable (and rare) Tudor Red with handsome black Connolly hide interior with all matching Wilton wool carpets and as-new factory mouton overlays. The coach-lines are elegantly contrasted in gold.

This is a Canadian specification car and although fully compliant to US standards as well, was one of a several cars that "slipped by" the need to have an airbag fitted on the driver side (and exempt from those rather bizarre auto seatbelts that were mandated in lieu). So you have the very much more elegant steering wheel as was seen in the home market and more commonly referred to as "Euro spec". This car was imported by us in 2015.

Mileage is an incredible 15,000 (24,000 kilometres) and, needless to say, has a perfect AutoCheck report.

The Corniche design with its signature rear quarter "hip-line" is unquestionably one of the most elegant of coach-work designs provided by Rolls-Royce's coach-builder - Mulliner Park-Ward. It has tested the time for elegance and style enduring no less than 30 years in production (1966-1996). This being a 1991 model, it has most of the engineering upgrades and product features introduced over the maturity cycle of the model. Too many to list here but a few; alloy wheels, upgraded dash with 4-bullseye AC outlets, full length console, heated seats, much deeper and heavier tufted leather seats, just to name a few. A not often identified upgrade was the much larger rear 1/4 glass which was introduced to enable an increase in roof height for rear seat passengers and providing for a more elegant appearance to the car when the roof is up and better outward view for rear passengers.
This Corniche III has clearly had a cosseted life. The paint is 100% original and nothing has been repainted - not even any touch-up. The interior is like it was never used; just look at the switch gear, knobs, buttons, gauges etc. The car has complete lockable cocktail cabinets fitted in both doors with all original and unused Tudor, Seymour shot glasses and decanters.


The only modification to this car is the Blaupunkt stereo system which was fitted by us for the previous owner. The system is much nicer than the original 2-part Alpine system factory fitted.
The Barcelona-230 Blaupunkt was specifically chosen for its aesthetic elegance and suitability to the car whilst offering all the convenience of CD, blue-tooth and USB inputs. Where one of the 2-part previous units was fitted, a hand-built wooden cubby was installed to provide as a discrete and useful small storage unit for your phone and other personal items. The large base-box in the trunk was specifically installed in such a way that it can be removed without any visual trace of its existence. Very important to the purist who will most certainly want it removed (it can be simply unplugged, picked up and removed from the boot). We also have the original factory Alpine unit from the car but for its unattractive and substandard performance, we would not recommend its reinstallation.

This Corniche III is a 2-owner car with the second more recent owner having purchased from us 4 years ago. A respected client of ours of several years, one might say; the perfect caretaker of the marque, whereby he only travelled 500 klms in the three years and yet, had the car maintained by a Rolls-Royce expert each and every year. The car has already been inspected by our workshop and needs nothing. Even the
Avon tyres are like new.

The car drives incredibly nice. Many are not aware, the changes in suspension design for the later Corniches resulted in a very smooth car. Their ride is quite superior to the early examples which had the odd rattle and thumps associated with such a large convertible body and rides like you would expect an equivalent year low-mileage Rolls-Royce sedan to do so.

Nothing more can really be said about this example other than to reiterate, she is as "perfect" as you could possibly expect. Please take the time to look at all the pictures to best appreciate how fine this Corniche III is.

As a darling example, please do expect to pay a strong price. This is a 100% turn-key example that needs nothing but to be enjoyed and driven.

Let there be no doubt, this is a show-quality example.


~~ A truly immaculate show-quality example Corniche III. To emphasise, I repeat; show-quality example, in stunning and bold Tudor Red with black Connolly leather. ~~


International bidders are welcome.


For extra photos on this fine example go to the link below.
The photos are of super high resolution so if you right click on any, you can zoom in and see every little detail and defect in considerable detail.

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A note from RRMOTORSINC:

For those Rolls-Royce enthusiasts who have followed my auctions in the past I welcome you all. For those who are new to my adverts and/or the marque, please note that as a serious collector of some 30 years, all my cars are truly described examples. I have my own private Rolls-Royce workshop (not open to the public but dedicated to my own cars and fellow RR enthusiasts) with trained Rolls-Royce craftsmen who are proficient in all aspects. As a team, we are dedicated to the preservation of the marque and as such, any car that leaves the stable is completely inspected and work-shopped to ensure mechanical and operational items are maintained appropriately. We adopt a "keep it original" mentality with pride and confidence, offering after sales technical support and assistance well beyond the sale. Because most of my cars are offered for the pleasures of driving enjoyment it is not always possible or practical to seek perfection (in the true sense of the word) but we do always uphold excellence in whatever we do. Our cars are by no means cheap priced cars but we like to think they are amongst the best. To this end, I firmly believe in the famous adage; "Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten."

We hope you do too.”
RRMOTORSINC is a division of Park-Ward Motors and The Park-Ward Motors Museum. We can always be reached at +1-312-320-6996.

We at Park-Ward Motors - the things we do.

When our Rolls-Royces are commissioned for resale, they are indeed professionally and correctly "fully work-shopped”. No corners are cut. And it is all addressed in true Crewe tradition. There is way too much to list here but to give you an example of our commitment to excellence of the various processes, this is one such example of what we do:

Doors and windows:-

Every car has its interior door panels removed. If the wood is in need of repair (as most are) it is refinished in-house by trained and talented craftsmen at Park-Ward Motors. This is a detailed process of stripping the wood of its old lacquer, repairing the veneer if there is damage, staining the top surface as per Rolls-Royce methodology and refinishing with no less than 25 coats of clear lacquer. Hand wet-sanded and polished between all of its last 15 coats. New window felt guides and wood-to-glass foam seals are fitted. All window mechanisms are checked and serviced for smooth and efficient up and down movement. This includes an electrical modification to rectify the typical "slow window syndrome”. All tracks, chains and gears are lubricated. Where central locking is fitted, these are all serviced to ensure no "solenoid sticking”, another common problem. Units are repaired and or changed as required for refurbished units. Door wiring and door-to-body wiring is checked, repaired and/or replaced as required. The splash plastic on the inside of the doors to protect the leather panels from rain splash from inside the door is replaced with correct specification black plastic as used by the factory. Cut to shape and glued in position as per original. All door hardware is checked and repaired as required including locks, handles and scuttle finishes. The door is reassembled with all items cleaned and polished. The wood refitted and the leather panels are re-Connollised before final fitment.

Take this example and apply it to the many, many different aspects of Rolls-Royce restoration, service and maintenance and you have our dedication to correct and professional vehicle pre-delivery preparation and commissioning.


**PLEASE read auction terms and conditions below BEFORE bidding.**

~~oo00oo~~


This Rolls-Royce is part of a private collection. Although licensed and bonded, I am not a main-stream retail car dealer or broker; I am a professional car collector of some 30 years with considerable experience and knowledge of Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor Cars. I have a long standing reputation being associated with the marque which I take seriously. I take pride in my cars and have fun in collecting and restoring them. However, auctions are not a game so when you place a bid or offer, and you are the winning bidder, please understand you have entered a binding contract. You cannot bid and win the auction and expect not to meet the terms and conditions. Bidding and/or winning does not mean you are expecting me to "hold" the car until you have the opportunity to inspect it. Any inspection contemplated should be undertaken BEFORE you bid or make an offer and I openly welcome any potential buyer to come and personally inspect the car. Once you bid or make an offer, you are doing so to buy WITHOUT conditions. Your bid can not be subject to anything. A $2000.00 deposit (non-refundable) is required within 24 hours of the close of the auction and payable by PayPal. The balance of funds are required within 7 days of the close of the auction and must be provided by cashier's check or bank wire. I cannot accept PayPal for the balance unless you are willing to meet the cost of transfer fees. Full payment must be made (and payments cleared) before the title and/or the vehicle is released. All payments are non-refundable. Payments as described above form an important part of this purchase contract and so, if all the funds are not received as outlined above, I reserve the right to terminate the transaction without notice. If there has been any deposit or other part payments received and I elect to terminate the contract, I reserve the right to keep any such deposits or payments and resell the vehicle to another bidder or interested party or re-list the vehicle at any time. To be clear, if you change your mind for ANY reason and do not complete the transaction in the time-frame required, you will forfeit your deposit. I am happy to assist with shipping arrangements on a national and worldwide basis but the winning bidder takes full responsibility for pickup and/or shipping and at his cost.

As a collector and experienced restorer of the marque, I make every effort to bring my cars to a high standard. By comparison, my cars are generally superior to others available but they are by no means perfect. You must expect some issues. Unless specifically stated, the car is not of show standard but of nice "driver" condition. Please understand, show cars of this model cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to achieve and sell for prices commensurate, so the sale price of this car reflects its relative condition. You are buying "condition" accordingly. Buyers should not expect to receive concours quality or "perfect" cars at these prices. Please also understand, the very nature of these classic Rolls-Royces is such that it is not always possible to attend to every item, or perhaps I may have inadvertently overlooked items. Further, and very importantly, these cars are classic cars also because they are old. So this means a 28 year old car is predominantly comprised of 28 year old parts. And old parts will fail. All buyers must understand and expect that things can or will wear out, break and/or stop functioning without notice. This is even more likely with hand-built English cars of early technology when compared to the typical American car of the same vintage. Please note, fitted radio/stereo systems are usually subject to upgrade by purchasers so I do not ensure operation of these. Similarly, cruise control systems fitted to these classics were of an inferior design and I do not check or warrant the operation of these. Suspension and brakes on these cars are complex. We thoroughly check them and replace things that are identified faulty. But please understand, by example; if we change a brake line because it appears aged or faulty, we do NOT at the same time replace all other hoses because they are of similar age. This is considered "preventative maintenance". We do not do this unless specifically requested and is not included in the purchase price. Feel free to ask for this additional service. Further, a feature or function that is working perfectly one moment, may decide to play-up the next. After all, it is some 28 years old. This is the nature of any classic car and especially a Rolls-Royce which was very "complicated" for its era. For this reason it is necessary for the following condition:

The vehicle is being sold "as-is/where-is" with no warranty expressed, written or implied. Any descriptions or representations are made with reasonable judgment and all efforts are made to ensure fair assessment and accuracy but they are for descriptive and identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. The seller shall not be responsible for errors in description, authenticity, genuineness, or defects herein and makes no warranty in connection therewith. If any aspect of the description contradicts what can be seen in the photos, then the photos shall prevail as the reference point. No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness, unforeseen imperfection, defect or damage. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have satisfied himself as to the condition and value and to bid based upon that judgment solely. The seller shall and will make every reasonable effort to disclose any known defects at the buyer's request prior to the close of the auction. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any written or oral statements about the vehicle. Being a classic car in excess of 10 years of age, in mostUSstates, the mileage may be recorded as "exempt”. In this regard the seller makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the mileage indicated or shown and accepts no responsibility for any discrepancy with independent reports such as Carfax, AutoCheck, etc.In this regard the seller makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the mileage indicated or shown. I can hold the vehicle up to 30 days while you arrange shipping but you must immediately insure it. I will not bear any responsibility for any additional costs including storage, transportation, or repair after the close of the auction. Whereas I am happy to store the car in excess of 30 days from auction end, a cost of $35 per day shall apply beyond 30 days of auction end. Also, you must remember that this is a classic +/-28 year old vehicle, and while it is up to you, I do not recommend that you just "hop in and drive it across the country”until you have familiarised yourself with the car. At least, I have never done that. I have always professionally transported the cars in enclosed carriers from where I bought them to my home.
PLEASE; IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ABIDE BY THESE TERMS, CONTACT ME BEFORE YOU CONTEMPLATE DOING SO AS, RESPECTFULLY, THERE CAN BE NO EXCEPTIONS.
I am sorry if these terms seem harsh but there seem to be some very unrealistic buyers out there - fortunately, only few of these people exist but those that do can make life difficult, so it appears EVERYTHING needs to spelled out. Very simply put, this is an old car being offered for sale. It is not new and is subject to the perils of age. Further, Rolls-Royces are not without nuances, idiosyncrasies and they are renown for a host of design issues which can make them not inexpensive to maintain. This is well documented in many circles. You need to be a special and considerate type of purchaser to own a Rolls-Royce. Their down-side is part of the fun in owning them! As the old saying goes; "we love to hate them and hate to love them!" So, please respect the terms and conditions when you bid.

~~oo00oo~~





VALUES: Rolls-Royce values vary wildly, entirely dependent on their condition. There are, of course, other aspects that add or subtract from their values - Long Wheel Base versus regular, the year which dictated certain technical changes, etc. The colour alone, for example can make a big difference. So for the benefit of new-comers to the marque please see the approximate guide to values based on a particular model below. Please remember, these are "plus-or-minus" figures:


Year: 1990-1993
Make: Rolls-Royce

Model: Corniche III Convertible

Show car: $125,000+

Exceptional: $100-125,000

Excellent: $80-100,000

Good: $70-80,000

Average: $60-70,000

Fair: $40-60,000

Basket case: < $40,000 (don't even bother)


Hopefully this will provide a reference point for the Rolls-Royce being featured in this listing as it compares to the range of different condition examples.Please note, a very poor condition example that is tired and not maintained can easily demand some $30,000 in restoration to make it a "nice" example but remember, it will be no longer original. So don't be fooled by "cheap buys". For any specific questions about this unique example of a Rolls-Royce, please do not hesitate to contact me.


According to the London based investment research firm; Historic Automobile Group International, classic cars have appreciated on average, 13% per year since 1980, whilst overall stock values averaged an 11% gain over the same period. The following graph charts the value of collectible cars vs. the S&P500.