Designed by Paolo Martin of the prestigious Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina, the Rolls Royce Camargue would have a more reserved, dignified air than the contemporary Silver Shadow and Corniche. The name Camargue comes from a beautiful coastal region in France known for its white beaches and white horses, and thus the car has a subdued but captivating quality. With subtle quirks like an inclined grille rather than a vertical one; it was the first Rolls Royce to be measured in Metric rather than Imperial dimensions. At release it featured the same 6.75 liter V8 engine seen in the Silver Shadow, as well as the same General Motors Hydramatic Transmission.
Also featured was a new split-level climate control system that reportedly took eight years to develop. Later it would adopt the Silver Spirits independent rear suspension and Solex carburetors. It was produced mostly as a two-door saloon but a few modified convertibles can be found here and there. Overall, the Camargue is an underrated gem with distinct charm to the enlightened observer.
Looking to purchase a classic Rolls Royce?
The Rolls Royce Camargue had a limited production run with only about 531 saloons produced and it was also the most costly production car in the world in its day. As you can imagine, a pristine Camargue can be quite a valuable find. A dead giveaway that youre looking at a Camargue and not another contemporary model is the Parthenon-style grille leaning forward rather than standing straight. Make sure to look for rust and any other blemishes, and dont forget to take a peek under the hood. Its important to know whether or not the body and internals are genuine. Later alterations arent cataclysmic, but will affect the value of the vehicle.
To get the best information possible you should seek out professionals like those at the Beverly Hills Car Club. Theyre a Los Angeles based dealer of classic cars and can answer any questions you might have about the Camargue or any other models. Stop into their showroom or call them up for tips and information on their current inventory.