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Saturday, 28 November 2015
1983 ROLLS ROYCE CAMARGUE - COYS TRUE GREATS
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1983 ROLLS ROYCE CAMARGUE
The Rolls-Royce Camargue is a two-door saloon manufactured and marketed by Rolls-Royce Motors from 1975-1986. Designed by Paolo Martin at Pininfarina, the Camargue was the first post-war production Rolls Royce not designed in-house.With bodywork manufactured in London by Rolls Royce’s coachbuilding division Mulliner Park Ward, the Camargue reached a production of 530 units over 11 model years. 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 L V8 engine as the Silver Shadow, although the Camargue was slightly more powerful.This wonderful example in Cream with piped Cream interior upholstery was supplied new by Jack Barclay in London and spent some time in Japan in a private collection and then in the USA in another private collection. The car was purchased in 1996 and re-imported to the UK, the vehicle was subsequently stored in an undercover warehouse until sold to the present owner.This example also has the extremely rare optional extra of full leather head-lining which cost as much as a new Mini back in 1975! The present owner had a new Air Condition system installed, new carburetors, new alternator and had it re sprayed in 2014. This is a truly wonderful, iconic, Italian styled luxury coupe of the heady days of the 1980s when money had a different meaning and ostentatiousness was very much in vogue! Sublime motoring with head turning appeal – not to be missed.