1978 Rolls-Royce Camargue by Pininfarina | $850K HKD




The Rolls-Royce Camargue is a 2-door luxury coupe by Rolls-Royce Motors from 1975–1986. Designed by Paolo Martin at Pininfarina, the Camargue was the first production Rolls Royce designed by the Italian firm. The Camargue derives its name from the coastal region in southern France Riviera. At launch, the Camargue was the Rolls-Royce's flagship and the most expensive production car in the world. The Camargue shared its platform with the Rolls-Royce Corniche and Silver Shadow. It was powered by the same 6.75-litre V8 engine as the Silver Shadow, although the Camargue was slightly more powerful. The first 65 Camargue produced used SU carburettors, while the remaining carburetted cars used Solex units. The Camargue was fitted with the Silver Shadow II's power rack and pinion steering rack in February 1977. In 1979, it received the rear independent suspension of the Silver Spirit. The Camargue offered many industry firsts: It was the first Rolls-Royce designed by Italy’s Pininfarina and the first of the marque designed in metric dimensions. It was the first Rolls-Royce to feature a slanted grille, inclined at an angle of seven degrees. It was the first vehicle ever to offer dual-zone air conditioning. It was also the most expensive car in the world at the time, twice the price of a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow The car was sold in very limited numbers in European, American, Canadian, Australian and Asian markets. During its entire production run, only 531 Camargue were made, including the single retractible-roof example that sold at Sotheby’s auctioned in 2019 at $252,000 USD.


Year: 1978

Body: 2 Doors

Exterior: White

Interior: Beige Leather

Driver's Sider: RHD

Transmission: Automatic

Indicated Mileage: 44,700 Miles

Location: Hong Kong

Registration: Hong Kong Registered

THIS MOTORCAR:


Manufactured in 1978 and first delivered in the U.K. The car was imported and registered in Hong Kong as early as 1986. The 4th and current owner (3 previous owners on VRD) bought the car in 1991. Lovingly cared for and mechanically maintained throughout the years, the car has seen seldom action but nonetheless regularly warmed up and always cleaned with 44,700 Miles on the clock. This excellent example is ready to enter a new stable. Available for viewing by appointment for serious interest only.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Pinnifarina designed. 1 of just 531 units ever made

  • Mechanically and cosmetically in relatively good condition

  • 44,700 Miles indicated / 3 Owner on VRD


CLASSIC INSIDER CONDITION SCORE: 78 out of 100 points CONDITION REPORT:

Largely Original. Visually maintained exterior and well-preserved interior. The Exterior is kept in the original colour with black Everflex roof covering and just minor paint imperfections and chips are noted. Chrome trims are slightly tarnished but no rust or bubbles were seen. Older rubber moulding. Classic Rolls-Royce leather interior is fully original but the radio has been changed. The trims, seats and door-card are in good condition given the age. Passenger side power adjustable seat is not functional. Engine starts and runs smoothly, albeit some oil leak spotted under the bonnet. Running gears are functional. Book pack, spares and tools are all presented.

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SERVICE HISTORY


Serviced annually by 3rd party mechanic shop


** All records available upon request

BACKGROUND AND HISTORY:


MODEL HISTORY


The Camargue arrived on the scene in 1975, sporting very slabby bodywork that sparked comparisons to brutalist architecture. Auto design gurus will recall that Pininfarina offered a very similar design to Mercedes for a large SEC coupe, which was rebuffed, but managed to sell Fiat into something very similar for its 130 coupe, which saw a modest production run. The main event for this design direction, however, was the Rolls-Royce flagship, which became the most expensive offering in the British marque's range. It shared relatively little with Rolls designs of the day, but did preview some later directions.


One reminder of the design's Italian roots were the taillights, seemingly plucked off a contemporary Fiat sedan, as well as the relatively slim A and B pillars. The resulting car looked visually heavy, with the body dwarfing the relatively small wheels and tires, while the front fascia was knocked for a funereal, Gothic appearance. It was a polarizing design, it's safe to say, but generous on interior room and comfort, with power provided courtesy of the company's 6.75-liter V8.


"'The most luxurious four-seater coupe in the world' was how the all-new Rolls-Royce Camargue was labeled in 1975, when it was launched," the auction house notes. "It was also the most expensive car in the world, twice the price of a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow."


Production ran from 1975 until 1986, with just 531 examples finding well-funded buyers. One of the cars was built as a Bentley at the factory, per customer request.

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