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  1975 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible

1975 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible finished in Carnival Red with Beige hide interior. Originally ordered 21st May 1974 by Mr Cowan Esq, owner of Canair LTD. The car was ordered to Mr Cowan’s personal specification. Mr Cowan had previously ordered a Rolls-Royce Phantom VI had had something of a reputation at Rolls-Royce as a rather demanding customer, indeed the build records from RR details some of his more eccentric wishes, for example he has initially asked for this Corniche to be finished with wickerwork doors, something which Rolls-Royce eventually refused to do! The final specification was for special order Carnival Red paintwork, Beige Hide with matching headlining and roof, Light veneered Burr walnut woodwork throughout, Cartridge pocket for Quad tapes, net pockets to back of each front seats, Quadrophonic tape playing equipment (still with car) and hood to be trimmed in special order colour. After taking delivery of his Corniche on the 10th April 1975, Mr Cowan had the car maintained by Hoopers & Co until he sold it in 1977. The cars next chapter came when, in 1977 it was purchased by the 23-year-old John Hervey, 7th Marquess of Bristol. Having recently inherited the title and a 35-million-pound fortune. A notorious playboy, Lord Bristol, was to move to Monaco and what better car to take with him than this very striking Corniche. The car remained the with the Marquess in Monaco with the addition of a flag pole attachment to the radiator grille displaying his family crest.  Lord Bristol eventually sold the car to a friend in the USA until it returned to the UK in 2012. Offered for sale in excellent condition throughout, the body and paintwork are very smart indeed as is the interior retaining the original lambswool over rugs, full tool kit and hood tonneau cover. Overall, the condition is very original and commensurate with the warm climates this car has lived in and its rather distinguished history. On the road the car preforms very well in all respects with a quiet engine, smooth transmission and supple suspension. Sold fully serviced with a new MOT, this very eye-catching Corniche is now ready for its next chapter.




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