Lot 262 - 1980 Rolls-Royce Camargue
|Odometer reading||62,000 miles|
|Estimate||£35,000 - £40,000|
With plenty of money at the top of the market in the early 1970s, Rolls-Royce decided to try and conquer a little bit more of it by building a range-topping coupé to slot in above the Corniche in the model range. Using the Silver Shadow underpinnings and enlisting Pininfarina to style them, Rolls-Royce came up with the Camargue - Britain's most expensive car at a launch price of £29,250. Pininfarina ended up styling something reasonably handsome but also very derivative so there was a resemblance to a Fiat 130 coupé and Ferrari GT4 2+2 designs. The 6,750cc, V8 had extra power and torque than the Corniche but, in truth, it didn't feel all that different to drive which might explain why the Corniche outsold the Camargue… that and, of course, the lofty price tag.
This example of a now, increasingly rare find, is presented in Larkspur Blue with Nuella Stone interior which was re-upholstered just five years ago and is in lovely condition. A very well cared for example offering a wealth of history, including all original handbooks and service book, this car was originally supplied by Mann Egerton & Co. of Derby in April 1980 and has been serviced and stamped 12 times in 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1993, 1998 with Rolls Royce dealers. This beautiful Camargue is offered with a wealth of invoices for recent care from Rolls-Royce specialists, with recent works detailed in the history file including a conversion to run on unleaded fuel and a Vortex stainless steel exhaust system. The file also includes an MoT test certificate valid until May 2016 and V5 registration document. An opportunity to own an example of what was once the most expensive car on the planet and what is becoming an increasingly rare proposition.
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