London,The Jack Barclay Showroom
11 June 2002
1973 ROLLS-ROYCE CAMARGUE TWO DOOR COUPE
COACHWORK STYLED BY PININ FARINA
Registration No. Not Registered
Chassis No. JRH 17247
Engine No. 17247
White with green leather interior.
Engine: V8, 6,750cc; Gearbox: GM automatic three speed and reverse with torque converter; Suspension: independent all round with coil springs and telescopic dampers; Brakes: ventilated discs to rear, servo assisted with two independent hydraulic circuits. Right hand drive
The Rolls-Royce Camargue was based on the Silver Shadow platform and running gear, but was to be the top of the Rolls-Royce saloon with superior accommodation to its stablemates - the Silver Shadow and Corniche- and a very advanced automatic air-conditioning system. Rolls-Royce commissioned Pininfarina in 1969 to produce a design of dignified and dateless styling. The result was the most expensive Rolls-Royce saloon ever to have been made at that time- and a motor car that was slightly heavier than it's brethren; to compensate for this weight growth, extra power was achieved through a more efficient, twin-pipe exhaust. The elegance of the Camargue stems in part from its two-door concept, the aim having been to create the ultimate personal car with strong appeal to owner-driver.
This example was supplied though Henlys in Southampton Rd, Salisbury and finished in Laurel with a green interior. It seems that it may have been a cancelled order, as the build sheets show that the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd. were to have the car as a company car. From the service book it shows that Henlys carried out initial services. Build sheets show that very few special features were requested to the already luxurious specification, just specifying black Avon Radial tyres.
Little is known of the car's history until the car went to Japan. There are small areas of cracking to areas of the paintwork, but it still retains a very good panel fit. The interior is in good order with only minor creasing to the seats indicating a low mileage.
Due to the length of time the car has been in the collection, Christie's would recommend a full mechanical inspection before the car is used. This offers an opportunity to purchase Roll-Royce's flagship model of the 1970's, which in our opinion now represents good value luxury motoring. The car is sold with copies of the build sheets, handbook and service books.
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