For Sale: 1978 Rolls-Royce Camargue in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

$49,950

Vehicle Description

IF YOU ARE IN THE MARKET FOR GREAT COACH BUILD CAR TO ADD TO YOUR COLLECTION,THIS RARE GEM IS FOR YOU,PLEASE CALL BOB OR MIKE AT 954-633-8901 FOR ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MAY HAVE. 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 coach building division Mulliner Park Ward, the Camargue reached a production of 530 units over 11 model years. The Camargue derives its name from the coastal region in southern France, and was also used on the 1972 Citroën GS Camargue. At launch, the Camargue was the Rolls-Royce's flagship and the most expensive production car in the world, eventually selling in North America for approximately US$147,000. At its official U.S. launch, the Camargue had already been on sale in the UK for over a year. The New York Times made much of the fact that the U.S. price at this stage was approximately $15,000 higher than the UK price. In the 1970s, many European models retailed for significantly less in the U.S. than they did in Europe in order to compete with prices set aggressively by Detroit's Big Three and Japanese importers. The manufacturer rejected this approach with the Camargue, referencing the high cost of safety and pollution engineering needed to adapt the few cars (approximately 30 per year) it expected to send to North America in 1976.[ The recommended price of a new Camargue at launch on the UK market in March 1975 was £29,250, including sales taxes. Rapid currency depreciation would greatly raise the price of the Camargue in the late 1970s, both in the UK and North America. The car was sold in very limited numbers in European, American, Canadian, Australian and Asian markets. At its 1975 press debut, Rolls-Royce highlighted automatic split-level climate control system, the first of its kind. According to Rolls Royce, the system's development took eight years. 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. The transmission was also carried over — a General Motors Turbo-Hydramatic 3-speed automatic. The first 65 Camargues produced used SUcarburettors, while the remaining 471 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. With a 3048 mm (120 in) wheelbase, the Camargue was the first Rolls-Royce automobile to be designed to metric dimensions,[and was the first Rolls-Royce to feature an inclined rather than perfectly vertical grille; the Camargue's grille was slanted at an inclined angle of seven degrees. RARE 2 door coupe under 300 left hand drive models ever made. Always garaged and part of a personal collection

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-752974
  • Year:1978
  • Make:Rolls-Royce
  • Model:CAMARGUE
  • Exterior Color:WHITE
  • Interior Color:Beige
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:76578
  • Stock Number:995
  • VIN:JRG31572