Lot 141 - 1982 Rolls-Royce Camargue
|Odometer reading||1,367 miles|
|Estimate||£60,000 - £75,000|
|Result||Sold - £73,920|
- One owner from new
- Very low mileage
- Exceptional condition
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 more 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.
Originally registered on 19th October 1982, this Rolls-Royce has only had one owner and presents in delightful condition. The Royal Blue paintwork is unmarked and the interior is in time warp condition; the grey leather is as new as are the blue Wilton carpets. Supplied by H.R.Owen to a prominent Middle Eastern royal family, this Camargue has covered less than 5,000 miles from new. The odometer reading is currently 1,367 miles although this was repaired very early on in the cars life. The level of comfort and luxury of this exquisitely designed example is second to none. Supplied with a V5C registration document and a full one year MoT test certificate, together with the original handbooks, this Rolls-Royce Camargue is surely the lowest mileage example available worldwide and a must for any serious collector.
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