1985 Rolls-Royce CamargueSOLD
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Estimate: 17,500£-22,500£
Estimate: €25,000 - €33,000
Estimate: $35,000 - $45,000

Offered Without Reserve
AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of £39.113

From the Collection of Mr. Bernie Ecclestone

200bhp (est.), 6,750cc aluminium-block overhead valve V8 engine with three-speed automatic transmission, front and rear independent coil spring suspension with self-levelling and rear height control, power assisted ventilated front disc brakes and hydraulic rear drum brakes.
Wheelbase 120.5in. (3,060mm).

When first introduced in 1975, the new Camargue was a total departure from any model produced by the venerated Rolls-Royce firm in recent years. It was the result of a remarkable collaboration between perhaps the most British of all car companies and the most Italian of design firms. Pininfarina was called upon to shake things up, and add an Italian flair – while respecting the heritage of the marque.

Whilst the name is shared with a region along the Rhone River in the south of France, it is for the famous breed of horses from the region that the car was named. Known for their powerful stance, robust spirit, and compact stature, the choice suited the car’s mission well.

At Rolls-Royce, constantly improving the product has been a way of life, and throughout the Carmague’s life-span, many upgrades were incorporated. By 1985, these included the improved rack and pinion steering that came with the Silver Shadow II, and a reconfigured rear suspension borrowed from the Silver Spirit that vastly enhanced the handling of this sleek new car.

Production of the Camargue was limited, with just 530 examples produced between 1975 and 1986, with some model years seeing less that 50 of the stylish coupés being built and with all but one wearing the trademark Rolls-Royce grille.

This beautiful Camargue was sold new by H. R. Owen, the London agency, to a Mr Chandley. A late example, it has benefited from all of the factory upgrades and improvements, including a carburettor modification to eliminate the slight hesitation on acceleration that characterized this model. While in the possession of its first owner, the car was driven sparingly, with all repair and upkeep documented as having been carried out by H. R. Owen.

In 1988, the second owner of the car took delivery through Strattons of Wilmslow, where the car was regularly serviced up to 1994 when the third owner, a Mr Elliott, became its caretaker with the vehicle’s maintenance work conducted by Weybridge Autos in Surrey. Elliott favoured a more sporting ride and had a Harvey Bailey handling package installed as well as larger Avon tyres. At about the same time, the new owner also dictated several subtle changes to the trim and coachwork for his personal taste.

The majority of the exterior paint, Mason’s Black in colour, appears to be original, although there are some slight signs of ageing, minor areas of bubbling, and a well-blended partial respray. The chrome and stainless trim are both original and in very good condition. Inside the red leather is still supple and quite comfortable, but does show some wear to reflect the odometer reading, which is less than 22,700 miles from new. Although the condition of the undercarriage reflects the indicated mileage, the engine bay condition remains virtually as new.

As should be expected with a car of this calibre, it is fitted with all the proper amenities including power steering, brakes, windows, door locks, boot release, and seats, as well as air-conditioning, headlight washers and cruise control. In addition to these factory features, a full set of Mouton carpets and a vintage Blaupunkt AM-FM, short-wave and long-wave radio are also fitted. It should also be noted that the owner’s handbook and service manuals accompany the sale.

The vendor reports that the handling package results in a noticeable improvement in roadholding, and that the effect, combined with the larger tyres, gives the impression of a much smaller car in terms of handling. Regardless of the handling and power, there is no mistaking the exceptional comfort and quiet guaranteed by the Rolls-Royce heritage.

Reference Number 13180

as of 9/14/2007

Car 1985 Rolls-Royce Camargue
VIN JRH0050515 
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