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1982 Rolls-Royce Corniche
412 cid, V-8, 200 bhp

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From 1971 through 1996 the Corniche became the coupe and convertible versions of the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. The Corniche was assembled in London at Mulliner Park Ward. The Corniche was also sold as a Bentley through 1983 and the Bentley model was then renamed the Continental. The Corniche was designed by Bill Allen with exterior design by John Polwhele Blatchley. The Corniche used the standard Rolls-Royce V8 engine with a aluminum-silicon alloy block and aluminum cylinder heads with cast iron cylinder liners. The twin SU carburetors from 1971 were replaced with a single Solex 4-barrel carburetor in 1975 except for export models which retained the former until 1980 when Bosch fuel injection was added. A 3 speed automatic Turbo Hydramatic 400 transmission from GM was standard for Rolls-Royce on the Corniche. Beginning in 1982 only the convertible model was available. There were 3,239 convertibles built during its 17 years of production. Highlights:
  • Corniche was coupe and convertible version of the Silver Shadow produced between 1971 and 1996
  • Only convertible version available from 1982 on
  • Also sold as Bentley Corniche and after 1983 the Bentley Continental
  • Used the 3 speed Turbo Hydramatic 400 from GM as standard transmission
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