1981 Rolls-Royce Corniche: Classic Luxury Gem

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1981 Rolls-Royce Corniche
1981 Rolls-Royce Corniche

Rarely do you come across a Classic Rolls-Royce in such pristine condition, and when you do, it often comes with a hefty price tag. This 1981 Corniche, however, offers a look into luxury at a fraction of the cost of a new Rolls-Royce from the UK’s Goodwood factory.

Belonging to the Series 1 models, this Corniche followed a lineage that spanned Series II through V until 2002, when the Phantom Drophead Coupe took over the open-top grand touring role, later evolving into the Dawn.

1981 Rolls-Royce Corniche
1981 Rolls-Royce Corniche (Credit: Rolls-Royce)

Fast forward to the present, where Rolls-Royce reveals the fixed-roof Spectre, a battery-electric high-end GT surpassing the weight of a Cadillac Escalade. Powered by two electric motors, it boasts 567 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque, accelerating from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

But let’s return to the star of the show: the 1981 Rolls-Royce Corniche seeking a new home. Painted in Willow Gold and Walnut, with a beige rag top and a tan leather interior exuding opulence, this classic GT offers an analog experience inside, reflecting its four-decade history.

Garage Kept Motors offers this gem for $74,900, a price within the usual range for a Corniche of this caliber. Whether it’s a good deal depends on your appreciation for classic luxury, but for those seeking a timeless ride, it’s certainly worth considering.

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