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1968 Ex Sir Michael Caine having a full renovation be ready sept For Sale

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Price POA
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Rolls Royce
Model Corniche
Year 1968
Mileage 59,000 Miles
Country United Kingdom
Region Oxfordshire
Status Trade
  21-Jul-2021
Ref C1365195
This really is a rare vehicle

This car has had literally 2 owners from new
The first the other being Sir Michael Caine and the second owner being a very famous chap who had a well known London nightspot .
Indeed the second owner had this Rolls right up untill his death a few years ago and it was a well known site seeing him driving it down the kings road .

We purchased in 2018 and have since then been on and off it restoring .
We have spent considerable sums at a rolls specialist on the car and also spent a small fortune on retrimming the leather now similar as new magnolia hide as if left the factory

We have also given the vehicle a full repaint

It now is ready for fit up and we intend to get back on it August to get it finished .

We have probably invested c £80000 into the vehicle it will be spectacular and with such great providence probably a car never to be found again .

Genuine low miles and to be fair it only probably travelled up the kings road in its latter years .

We know it has had a who’s who of celebrity’s in it as the likes of Princess Margaret and Elizabeth Taylor / Richard Burton were amongst the friends of the second owner who were probably regularly carried around in it as were the Kray twins if this car could talk my what stories it could tell .


Below is a bit of blurb from when we purchased
It will be lovely we are not letting anything be untouched and it will present as new

A thing of beauty !!!





Rolls-Royce Motors formed Mulliner Park Ward by the 1961 merger of two Rolls-Royce subsidiaries: Park Ward of Willesden, London, a Rolls-Royce subsidiary since 1939 and H. J. Mulliner & Co. of Chiswick, a Rolls-Royce subsidiary since 1959. Mulliner Park Ward continues to operate as the vehicle customisation division of Bentley Motors Limited, the successor of Rolls-Royce Motors. The Corniche was a development of the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow with the two door variants of that model marketed as the ‘Silver Shadow Mulliner Park Ward’ two-door fixedhead coupé which was first seen in 1966 followed by the convertible version in 1967. The very handsome coachwork design was by John Polwhele Blatchley. The model was assembled and finished in London at Mulliner Park Ward as a continuation of the 1965 Silver Shadow Coupé, the Corniche name was applied from 1971 to all two-door coupés and convertibles.
This Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Convertible was first ordered from H. A. Fox 20th January 1967 by Mr T. M. Rattigan, the playwright, and was originally going to be painted in sand with red leather and a red hood. In July 1967 the order was cancelled and the car was re-allocated for H. A. Fox own stock. At the end of 1967 the convertible was sold to Michael Caine Productions Ltd and the order changed to being painted in black with grey roof and tan leather upholstery, also specified was full air conditioning, hazard warning device, additional Grand Vitesse horns and BlueSpot self-seeker radio. The car was delivered to Sir Michael Caine, who had become a well-known actor following the success of films including Zulu, Alfie and playing Harry Palmer in The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin and Billion Dollar Brain, in Grosvenor Square, London in May 1968. In 1970 this very original Shadow Convertible was sold to Jake Leach, who with his wife owned the famous Chelsea restaurant The Gasworks on the Kings Road. His long-term ownership ended when he passed away in 2013. The car was sold and went into long term storage until now coming from the storage unit straight to Brooklands. Over the years it has hardly been used with the last MoT test certificate dating back from 2013 and the mileage reading 59, 201. The oldest MoT test certificate on record is from 2005 with an odometer reading of 48, 691. This example, except for the leather interior being re-connolized in light blue, appears to be in sound condition and is ready for cosmetic restoration and the mechanicals to be gone through. With only 505 early Mulliner Park Ward convertibles built this a rare opportunity to purchase a good project with good early providence. The car is supplied with a V5C registration document, copies of the original order forms and chassis cards supplied by the RREC, the MoT history, a picture of the car parked outside the restaurant and snippets from Memories of the Gasworks Restaurant, Chelsea.
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