XCAR has taken a look at what could very well be one of the most quintessential British cars ever built: the 1973 Rolls-Royce Corniche. The question at hand is whether or not expensive luxury items like artisan foods, designer clothing and yes, high-end automobiles are worth their monetary cost. Do they bring some undefined additional value to the table over their low-buck counterparts, or are they simply an excellent way to part a fool from his dollar bills? While the video below can't comment on four-course meals or $400 jeans, our valiant host does have a word or two on the joy a Rolls-Royce can bring to your life.

That's even true of a model like the '73 Corniche. Built during one of the darker days of the company's history, the convertible was designed and manufactured by an automaker on the verge of collapse. Still, it manages to hold on to that essential spirit of luxury so crucial to the Rolls-Royce brand. Check out the video below to see what we mean.



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      Jonathan Wayne
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Rolls Royce is a power car much like a Patek Phillipe or a solid gold Rolex President is a power watch, you don't need to say anything, everyone just knows. And even those that pretend they don't care do, and they all want to know who is driving it and what they did to earn the money to drive it or if it is someone rich and famous driving it.
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        SquareFour
        • 1 Year Ago
        I can dig that. I do appreciate craftsmanship and engineering. I wonder, on average, how many miles a Rolls racks up per year? That has a bearing on their longevity. It's not like you're likely to find one that has been used for the daily commute its whole life. Honestly, if someone used one that way, I could dig that too. My pop once worked with a guy whose daily driver was a Cord 812 Beverly sedan. IIRC, that was in the sixties/seventies. The thought of that makes me wince and smile at the same time.
      superchan7
      • 1 Year Ago
      Passionately designing and building a luxury car with little to no regard for cost is not unique to Britain. On that aspect the video is really just fluff; on the other hand, those very merits are a defining trait of Rolls Royce and their cars are masterpieces of design and engineering.
      Malhaar
      • 1 Year Ago
      The joker said it best "It's not about money, it's about sending a message" I honestly believe that is the only reason anyone would buy a rolls royce for.
      Matt
      • 1 Year Ago
      So much hate on here for people spending their money. Yeah, a Rolls isn't my thing mainly because I hate driving anything larger than a compact. But if you could give me that luxury, no one else has this exact car, hand made feel in a tiny car, I'd be all for it. Yeah, that guy who buys it so his neighbor can see the Spirit of Extasy is a tool, but I bet at least 1 owner of each model respect the car for what it is and ill deal with the tool so that a car exists that uses one tree with matching grain to make the interior. By taking the time to say you don't care seems like a big contradiction.
        SquareFour
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt
        Eh, it's all opinion/personal philosophy. There's no difference between someone taking the time to say they don't care and another person singing a Roll's praises. Like I said, if you have the cash, why not own a Rolls? I just have what I consider to be more important pursuits. What I do find odd is adoration of status for the sake of status, and what I find hilarious is people who make payments on stuff like this. It's sorta like the film and pop stars you hear about who can't make the mortgage payments on their multi-million dollar mansions, except paying for exclusivity in a nice neighborhood is somewhat understandable given the public nature of their lives.
      Tina Dang
      • 1 Year Ago
      Of course..... Status and money are everything one needs in life and high end items fulfill that need. There is a reason why Bergdorf, Neiman Marcus, and Saks are in business. No one aspires to be average i.e. middle class and no one aspires to own an average car, which is why everyone wants a Rolls. I don't associate with nor relate to middle class Americans, since all my life I have been raised upper class where image, status and money rule any social circle. Superficial? Probably, but who cares; one-upping the next guy and showing how much more money you have is the game. Money rule$ all.
        SquareFour
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tina Dang
        Odd, then, that you would deign to "relate" to the great unwashed on these obviously plebeian car forums. Further proof that money doesn't buy class.
          Tina Dang
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SquareFour
          I'm safe from catching poor people germs behind my computer doll!
        Hello, Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tina Dang
        Simply revolting. One can be of means and still relate to others of lesser means. It seems that your parents failed you horribly.
        methos1999
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tina Dang
        What I find fascinating is historically, people who do great things & move civilization forward very rarely come from old money upper crust such as yourself. Lincoln, Ford, Einstein, MLK, Steve Jobs, none of these men came from high society, but changed our world in profound ways. Some of them didn't even die wealthy, so I suppose you would never associate yourself with people of this type. And on your point of money rules all... no, power rules all. President of the United States is not nearly as wealthy as Facebook shareholders, but pretty much tells them what to do via the NSA & DHS... (not that I condone, but making a point)
        vi_per
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tina Dang
        You're not superficial. You're just really insecure and trying to compensate. My guess is you are also perpetually single and get dumped on a fairly frequent basis.
      jz78817
      • 1 Year Ago
      no, my brain is not "pre-disposed" to want to go around showing off how much money I have. what a useless fluff piece this is.
        SquareFour
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jz78817
        You got voted down by the brainwashed who believe "The American Dream" consists primarily of chasing after luxury goods and image.
      Hazdaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've NEVER liked RR or Bentleys... I'm not particularly a fan of S-classes, 7-series or A8s either. I have always found them to be hideously extravagant land-barges with little redeeming value. I'd take some low-slung sportscar ANY day over a supposed luxury car like this Corniche.
      ROLO
      • 1 Year Ago
      never liked this car im not a Bentley person either. i have no desire to drive my house. no matter how many music videos show me.
      85-300ZX
      • 1 Year Ago
      No.
      bouljf
      • 1 Year Ago
      “More than any other car with any other country the Rolls Royce sums up the best of what Britain has to offer; I can't think of any other brand that does that for their country.” Well Ferrari comes to mind...
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