1971 | Bentley Corniche

1971 Bentley Corniche 2 door saloon

EUR 147,080 JPY 20,219,031 BGN 287,658 CZK 3,585,800 DKK 1,094,199 GBP 125,000 HUF 57,699,323 PLN 687,935 RON 719,440 SEK 1,537,202 CHF 142,505 ISK 20,635,266 NOK 1,443,292 HRK 1,105,127 RUB 17,237,875 TRY 2,717,045 AUD 213,207 BRL 779,625 CAD 193,380 CNY 1,020,026 HKD 1,185,462 IDR 2,221,519,543 ILS 491,981 INR 12,059,570 KRW 197,467,587 MXN 3,014,028 MYR 672,286 NZD 235,107 PHP 8,419,718 SGD 207,470 THB 5,352,668 ZAR 2,460,906

 

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1971 | Bentley Corniche

1971 Bentley Corniche 2 door saloon
EUR 147,080 JPY 20,219,031 BGN 287,658 CZK 3,585,800 DKK 1,094,199 GBP 125,000 HUF 57,699,323 PLN 687,935 RON 719,440 SEK 1,537,202 CHF 142,505 ISK 20,635,266 NOK 1,443,292 HRK 1,105,127 RUB 17,237,875 TRY 2,717,045 AUD 213,207 BRL 779,625 CAD 193,380 CNY 1,020,026 HKD 1,185,462 IDR 2,221,519,543 ILS 491,981 INR 12,059,570 KRW 197,467,587 MXN 3,014,028 MYR 672,286 NZD 235,107 PHP 8,419,718 SGD 207,470 THB 5,352,668 ZAR 2,460,906

 

United Kingdom

 
Coupe
162/220 kw/hp
77,500 mls
Graeme Hunt

Graeme Hunt Ltd

  • Vehicle details

    Vehicle data
    Make Bentley
    Model Corniche
    Model name Corniche
    Year of manufacture 1971
    Chassis number CBH10470
    Condition category Restored
    Mileage 77,500 mls
    Technical details
    Body style Coupe
    Body detail Coupe
    Power (kw/hp) 162/220 (Factory: 200 hp)
    Cubic capacity (ccm) 6,750
    Cylinders 8
    Doors 2
    Steering Right (RHD)
    Transmission Automatic
    Gears 3
    Drive Rear
    Front Brake Disc
    Rear Brake Disc
    Fuel Petrol
    Individual configuration
    Exterior colour Silver
    Manufacturer colour name -
    Interior colour Red
    Interior material Leather
    Power Assisted Steering
    Air conditioning
    Optional equipment
    Rechtslenker
    Klimaanlage
    Servolenkung

Description

Simply irresistible - the first series Corniche, which comes with the gorgeous wooden steering wheel - only available for the 1971 model year, sadly as we seriously wish they all had this feature

Sadly with imminent crash safety legislation, especially from the US market, the wooden steering wheel was replaced by the bakelite unit as previously supplied, which does give the 1971 model serious rarity

Other features included in the revisions were so important that a change of name was decided upon, hence the 'new' Corniche model has an increased capacity engine from 6320cc to 6750cc

This was mated to a new 3 speed gearbox with torque converter, which replaced the by then, out of date adjustable band gearbox, giving almost seamless gear changes

The difference in drive was almost unparalleled and still is

Anyhow as only 27 examples were produced from 1971 until 1976 before the series 2 arrived, one can assume that, perhaps a paltry, 5 or 6 were produced for this model year - how many still exist I'm not sure

This is the only one ever to have passed through our hands, for the third time now

In the previous 20 years, before we sold her to her last keeper 3 years ago, she was in the custody of two Japanese collectors. The first kept her there amongst many other very important cars (Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Ferrari, Mercedes 300SL Gullwing etc etc).

He regarded her as important enough to containerise and ship to highly respected Official Dealers, Broughton's of Cheltenham in the late 1990's. Under his instruction they undertook a full restoration, to factory standards and using correct parts and materials. This exercise was not undertaken lightly and the cost was in the region of £80.000 - £100.000 (remember this is over 25 years ago)

The results speak for themselves and save now for a few little paint imperfections she presents in truly superb condition

His great chum, knowing how rare and beautifully restored she had been, eventually managed to purchase her in the early 2000's whereupon, again she was plopped into a container and shipped from Japan back to Europe, to be kept at his his holiday home in Bordeaux, France where she resided before we purchased her from him and repatriated her back into England

Therefore mostly gentle holiday touring has resulted in an additional 10.500 miles since the nut and bolt restoration - the last two keepers only added the 1.750 miles on top of her mileage since the restoration

Funnily enough the last two keepers were French and on each occasion she was transported back to her, now new found home land

Both chaps have many cars here in London, Paris, S of France & Switzerland too - hence low mileages since we sold her to them

The last last chap requested the original steering wheel be updated for a Nardi wheel, which sits beautifully in the interior and also a music system which will be of concert hall quality, whilst not changing the interior fittings

She comes complete with her original instruction manual, service voucher booklet, complete small and large tools too

The history file does not contain the invoices from Broughton's (must be in one of the containers!) and full verification of these works is validated by the previous owners (not forgetting the quality of the vehicle - the engine / drive train and the trimming of the interior leaves one in no doubt)

This Corniche, as a 1971 example, is probably rarer than the Corniche 2 by which it was superseded and must therefore, represent an almost unique opportunity

The images are from 2019, before we fitted the original wheels and wheel discs - new pictures will replace these during this week

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Dealer-Imprint

Graeme Hunt Ltd

P O Box 76255

London

SW1P 9NN

Tel:+44 (0) 20 7937 8487

Email:  [email protected]

Email:  [email protected]

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