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Car of the Month - September 2004
Rolls-Royce Camargue, #JRH19671, 1975,
Pininfarina-designed Two Door Saloon
built by Mulliner Park Ward

Rolls-Royce camargue

In 1971 Rolls-Royce called in a receiver because problems from their business area aero-engines had resulted in serious cash-flow problems. Although one of the first decisions of the receiver was to proceed with the profitable production of motor cars as a separate entity all this caused a considerable delay in launching a new model. Hence the Rolls-Royce Camargue made its debut in 1975 years later than intended.

The body's styling had been entrusted to Italian car designer Sergio Pininfarina, the Rolls-Royce Camargue was the first post-war production model that had not been styled in-house. Pininfarina succeeded in a design that showed the huge car (longer and wider than the Corniche, which was available since 1971) with particularly well balanced proportions. The front was dominated by twin headlamps and a rather broad radiator, one that was fitted at a slightly inclined angle too. The wide doors offered comfortable entrance to the back seats and those sitting there found accurately placed a second door handle to open the door.


The driver enjoyed a fascia with distinctive styling features taken over from light aircraft. It might be noted that there was no coolant temperature gauge, the manufacturer had considered a warning light to be sufficient. Obviously Rolls-Royce had decided to position their owner-driver Camargue on top of their model-hierarchy. That position up to then had been occupied by the Rolls-Royce Phantom VI, a car that demanded to employ a chauffeur.

Rapidly changing economic conditions - not least the ‚oil-crisis' of the early 70ies - where a reason that customers re-aligned their orientation on new parameters. With a production figures of merely some 500 cars over a production period of 10 years the Rolls-Royce Camargue was a most exclusive automobile. Looking back over two or even three decades this, of course, was no disadvantage. For the discriminating few who had invested in the most expensive production model from Rolls-Royce didn't ever consider to spare as regards maintenance or repairs. The vast majority of these cars were kept in immaculate condition. Because of this almost all of those Rolls-Royce Camargue, which are offered nowadays from time to time are a touch of class superior to 'mainstream models'.

The Rolls-Royce Camargue shown here is offered for sale at a price of 39.800 EURO; enquiries by e-mail to  or by fax to +49-231-416612.

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