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Lot 264: Rolls-Royce Camargue Coupé

The Monaco Sale, Bonhams (11 May 2012)

Styled by Pininfarina, the Camargue was launched in 1975 to a mixture of awe and disbelief. Was this audaciously styled car, its lines reminiscent of the Continental sports saloons of the past, really worth almost twice as much as the Silver Shadow on which it was based? The company's flagship, the Camargue was priced at 50% above the Corniche and, like the latter, used an up-rated version of Rolls-Royce's dependable, 6,750cc V8 engine. In keeping with tradition the power output remained undisclosed but most testers reported better acceleration above 70mph and a top speed of over 120mph. Rolls-Royce's advanced split-level air conditioning was introduced with the Camargue but in all other respects the interior remained traditional, with acres of walnut embellishment and finest-quality leather. Produced at the rate of around one each week, the Camargue was an exclusive model even by Rolls-Royce standards, output totalling just 531 units when production ceased in 1986. Its price at the finish? A cool £83,122 or close to £200,000 (approximately ¬224,000) at today's prices! This example currently displays a total of 47,109 kilometres on the odometer and is finished in white with original blue interior and matching tinted windows. Benefiting from a recent mechanical overhaul, the car is described by the vendor as in genrally good condition and offered with all books, sundry restoration invoices and German Fahrzeugbrief.

Lot Details
Auction The Monaco Sale
Bonhams, Monaco
TypeCar
Lot Number264
Estimate€30000-€40000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€20000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€23000
Year1981
Condition rating3
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis numberJRL50419
Engine number50419
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2