Most Expensive Car in the World!

Yes, this Pinninfarina-designed Rolls Royce Camargue was the most expensive car in the world when it launched.  Looking at the 70s profile today, that's a bit hard to believe; but the 6.75-liter V8 and the world-class interior bolster that position.

The seller claims a recent "A" service at the dealer and that a lot of records are included.  Claimed 52K miles seems to be backed up by the condition.  So, why haven't you already bid on this beast?

Not many of these were made, so it's rare, but it's also arguably the least diserable Rolls Royce product ever made. This seems like a bit of an oddball deal at $20K, but bargain thoughts will disappear if it climbs much higher.  The market will speak, whether or not the reserve is met.

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Severn, MD, USA
$20,100 with 5 bids. reserve not met and 4.5 days to go

Side profile is pure 70s large and you can see how this was simultaneously inspired by and later inspired domestic American design (I'm talking to you, 1977ish Buick LeSabre!).  One thing's certain: Whether or not these wheels are original to the car, we'd MUCH rather see steel wheels with hubcaps.

Front end is all Rolls.  It's clear they were trying to make a modern expression at the time.

Rear end is about as plain as it can be.

We're not sure of the Nardi wheel is stock, but the entire interior is as luxurious as one would expect and its design holds up better today than the exterior.

Chocolate brown leather with white piping?  Hell yeah!

And, of course, it continues back here.

Even the headliner has a truly premium appearance.  Is anyone else reminded of teak wood on a premium boat?

Here's the classic Rolls/Bentley 6.75-liter V8.  We're sure torque and power were 'adequate' at the very least.  Emissions controls look like a real nightmare here.

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“Car is in Very Good Condition. Running, Driving, and Brakes well. Interior and paint are both very nice.”

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 coachbuilding divisionMulliner 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 Citro├źn 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. Pininfarina body in Magnolia very good condition appears to be original, beautiful chocolate brown interior Connoley leather with no tears or rips, wood in very good condition, ALWAYS DEALER SERVICED with records.

under 500 miles since "A' Service from Rolls Royce Dealer

Always garaged and part of a personal collection.

Books, records, tools and all service documents included.


1 comment:

  1. These are really lovely cars in person. A photo doesn't do it justice. They're also much larger than a photo would imply. The road wheels and the steering wheel detract in my eyes, but the brown leather is perfect. Should sell in the 45k-60k range.