It also is the very last model to bear the Spirit of Ecstasy bonnet ornament to be manufactured at the Crewe plant before the facility was transformed in a Bentley factory. It was first owned by the Rolls-Royce Motor Company itself, being used for testing and development, along with promotional marketing of the model.
Showing only 24,926 miles on the odometer, this Corniche has seen its last service visit in May 2013 and it's in perfect working condition. The car also comes with a substantial history file of service invoices.
Even though this model had a base price of £213,443 ($359,000) in 2000, Silverstone Auctions estimates this first of 374 Corniches ever made to sell for a maximum of £105,000 ($176,605 at current rates).
The interior is all wrapped in high quality Connolly leather, complemented by a red leather four-spoke steering wheel, Wilton wool carpets, exotic wood trim and polished chrome inserts. Other features include dual automatic climate control, a six-disc CD changer, automatic ride control and headlamps.
Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, commented: "It’s a delight to be able to offer such a historically significant motor car for auction. Rolls-Royce is truly one of the world’s most admired car marques and it’s fantastic to be able to play a part in the history of a very significant example."