Based on the Silver Shadow and its generous curves, the 1971 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible was just about the very best, most luxurious open-top car you could get back in the early 70s; even today, driving such a car would not be embarrassing in the least! Design wise, the Corniche Convertible featured elegant, pleasing sweeping curves just before the rear wheels, and the distinctive round Rolls-Royce headlights, framing its ubiquitous, massive grille. On the inside, it featured an all-new dashboard with a rev-counter, that was just as luxurious as its predecessor, noblesse oblige.
The Corniche Convertible was powered, like almost all Rolls-Royce and Bentleys of that era, with a 6.7-liter V8 engine that developed an unspecified number of horsepower, paired to a three-speed automatic transmission. Rolls-Royce isn’t telling us the horsepower figures, but it was enough, and there was plenty of torque, too. What’s certain is that this big convertible could reach the top speed of 115 miles per hour, and accelerate to 60 in a mere 10 seconds.
The 1971 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible stayed in production in its current form until 1975, but proved so popular that it came back, updated, several times in the next decades.