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A Rolls-Royce Corniche that once competed in the Paris-Dakar Rally has been put up for sale by its owner. The car was created in 1979 by Thierry Sabine and competed in the 1981 Paris-Dakar rally. Although it was disqualified after an extended stop was required to repair accident damage.
£170,000 will secure the Rolls-Royce, and for a further £25,000 the owner will fit modern axles and brakes.
The fashion mogul Christian Dior paid for the original project, which was dreamed up over dinner. Once the details were agreed the build was put into motion a mould was made of the original body and a lightweight version was fitted.
A small block Chevrolet V8 was linked to a four-wheel drive set up. The whole car weighs in at a paltry 1400kg. The Rolls Royce also comes with a 330 litre fuel tank and is not only road legal but also eligible for competition.
412 cu in
218 hp @ 4200 rpm
Fuel consumption (combined)
annual ownership cost