Bentley Corniche convertible

Full name

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



- Production years: from 1977 up to and including 1983
- Production number: 31
- Percentage of the complete production: 0,1%



1977 - 1980
- The first character of the chassisnumber of every Bentley Corniche convertible (series II) is a D and the second is a B.
- The right-hand drive Bentley Corniche convertible (series II) has on the third position always a H, the left-hand drive has a X, F, G, K or L.
- Examples: DBG31641 and DBL50687.
- The first Bentley Corniche convertible (series II) is DBG31219, the last one is DBX34771.
- In 1979 some technical modifications were effected that were marked with chassisnumbers above the 50000. The first one is DBK50042 and the last one is DBH0050707.

1981 - 1984
- In 1981 the Bentley Corniche convertible (series II) was added to the chassisnumber system of 17 positions. The first one is SCBYD42A7BCX02499, the last one is SCBZD0005ECH08901 (1984).


What makes this model unique

- Two doors
- Black rubber bumpers
- Special Corniche wheel covers
- Fog lights in the front (not on the American cars)
- Rectangular reversing lights
- Twin exhaust
- Uplifted waistline above the rear wheelarch
- Modified, lower rear side (with regard to the 4-door saloon)
- Electrical convertible top
- No side trim strip
- Identification plate "CORNICHE" on the boot lid
- From 1979 onwards, mineral oil and a modified undercarriage


Further details and special features

- The Corniche convertible could also be delivered with a two-tone paint scheme.
- From mid 1979 the Corniche got an important modification that was introduced officially only on the Silver Spirit and Bentley Mulsanne (late 1980). The rear suspension was modified and the hydraulic system was prepared for mineral oil. These Corniches got a chassisnumber in the 50000-series.

The Corniche convertible with a chassisnumber above 50000 has a modified rear suspension and a hydraulic system that was prepared for mineral oil. At the rear this can be recognised by the spread twin exhaust. This car has a two-tone paint scheme, something that became more rare during the years.
Picture: the DBL50573C from 1980.

This probably is the last Bentley Corniche convertible, produced in 1983, delivered in January 1984. The Bentley Corniche convertible kept the rectangular reversing lights until the last car, also the identification plate at the right rear side and the spread twin exhaust.
Picture: the SCBZD42A6DCX06387 from 1984.


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