BACK

 

Bentley Corniche 2-door saloon


Full name

Bentley Corniche 2-door saloon (based on the series I).
The Corniche 2-door saloon based on the Bentley T2 carries the name Corniche 2-door saloon too but is shown on another page.

 

Production

- Years of production: from 1971 up to and including 1977
- Number of production: 53
- Percentage of the complete production: 0,1%

 

Chassisnumbers

- The first character of the chassisnumber of every Bentley Corniche 2-door saloon (series I) is a C and the second is a B.
- The right-hand drive Bentley Corniche 2-door saloon (series I) has on the third position always a H, the left-hand drive has a X, A, B, C, D, or E.
- Examples: CBH16177 and CBX22186.
- The first Bentley Corniche 2-door saloon (series I) is CBH10420, the last one is CBX24291.

 

What makes this model unique

- Two doors
- Chrome trim bumpers in the early years and more and more often black rubber bumpers in the later years; the American Corniches from mid 1973 all have rubber bumpers
- Special Corniche wheel covers
- Fog lights in the front (not on the American cars)
- Rectangular reversing lights
- Uplifted waistline above the rear wheelarch
- Modified, lower rear side (with regard to the 4-door saloon)
- 1 Inch lower than the 4-door saloon
- No side garnish
- Identification plate "CORNICHE" on the boot lid
- About 10% more engine horsepower than the 4-door saloon
- Special Corniche dashboard with a rev counter

 

Further details and special features

- The Corniche was used to try new technologies and often anticipated on the modifications of the Bentley T.
- The Corniche 2-door saloon could also be delivered with an everflex covered roof and with a two-tone paint scheme



In the front can hardly be seen that this is a two-door saloon or you are able to see that this car is one inch lower. This car has the standard fog lights and the special Corniche wheel covers. Also the air inlets below the head lights are not present that were deleted in 1974.
Picture: the CBH24209 from 1976.



This Corniche 2-door saloon has a special two-tone paint scheme. The black roof is not made of everflex but is painted.
Picture: the CBX22186 from 1975.



A Bentley Corniche 2-door saloon from 1972 (chassisnumber unknown) with everflex covered roof.



 TOP OF PAGE ↑ 


Marinus Rijkers.   Disclaimer