Rolling Prosperously: Red Corniche

by Gunnar Heinrich ::: img via eBay ::: 1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche

IN China, red marks the color of prosperity. For the Chinese a red Rolls-Royce is a road-going beacon that you’ve made bank in a very big way.

Well, a world away in the land of ten thousand lakes, there’s a 1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche for sale finished in what we can call fire-engine red. Apparently, the topless Royce’s paintwork was redone circa 1990-something according to the seller. And unfortunately the red does extend inside to the contrast piping on the seats (-gag-). But as statements go, three decades on, this Corniche is good fortune on wheels. All it needs now is a license plate with straight-8’s.


June 08, 2011

About the Author: Gunnar Heinrich is publisher of Automobiles De Luxe online and is executive producer of the Automobiles De Luxe Television series on PBS member station CPTV.

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Filed Under: ROLLS-ROYCE


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  1. Utterly tasteless, like appearing at Westminster in a gold lame toreador suit. Still, I suppose money writes its own rules.

  2. Fair point. Though I, for one, think it’s fun!

  3. Best viewed from Victoria Peak…But Gunn, I sense a red theme.

  4. Good point 😉

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