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Rolls-Royce Corniche 1983
The origins of the Corniche came from continuation of the 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow coupé and 1967 drophead, constructed by famed coachbuilder Mulliner Park Ward in London. The car was named after the stunning roads along the Cote d'Azur in France and was an elegant two door car, available with a coupé or convertible body. By 1982 the coupé had ceased production but convertibles continued to be built until 1996. The first Rolls-Royce to wear the Corniche name was a 1939 prototype based on the Bentley Mk. V, although this was never produced due to the onset of World War II. The car used the standard Rolls-Royce V8 engine as fitted to the Silver Shadow and had an aluminium-silicon alloy block, aluminium cylinder heads with cast iron wet cylinder liners. The fuel system was in the form of twin SU carburettors which were later replaced with Bosch fuel injection from 1980 onwards. The automatic gearbox was a three-speed, Turbo Hydramatic 400 sourced from General Motors as fitted in the Silver Shadow. Four-wheel independent suspension with coil springs was used with a hydraulic self-levelling system, disc brakes allround with ventilated discs were added for 1972 model year cars.