London,The Jack Barclay Showroom
4 December 2001
1980 ROLLS-ROYCE CARMARGUE TWO DOOR COUPÉ
COACHWORK STYLED BY PININ FARINA
Registration No. MIB 604
Chassis No. JRH 50294
Engine No. 50294
Richmond blue, with magnolia interior
Engine: V8, 6750cc; 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 range 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 its 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 the owner-driver.
Mr H.L. Thorne of Solihull ordered this Camargue in mid-1978, correspondence with the car notes that there was some delay over the completion of the order, but that by March 1980 the car was delivered, in Larkspur blue livery with magnolia interior and blue carpets. Unusually a complete set of build sheets is sold with the Rolls, which detail its original specification to have merely included a Blue Spot Frankfurt stereo, but from their extensive nature throughout the period of road testing, remind one of the level of build quality that the buyer received for his outlay of close to £60,000.
Subsequent ownership details are partially recorded through former registration documents, but more importantly re-issued duplicate service history manuals record all servicing to 1990, by the factory initially and subsequently main agents or suppliers. These also support the original mileage, which has to the date of inspection been 83,000.
In the previous ownership of six years the car benefitted from a bare metal respray to the current livery, and since acquisition by its current vendor it has been carefully mechanically sorted. As a result of the work on both aspects the car is ready to be used and presents very well. A current MoT and road fund licence, together with history file accompany the car.
The combination of its rarity, fabulous Italian styling, and English pedigree must make the Camargue one of the most desirable of all post-war Rolls-Royce, as such they are at present a much underrated commodity.
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