Rolls-Royce Camargue

Upon its launch, the Camargue, which was the flagship of the Rolls-Royce lineup, was the most expensive production car in the world. It was selling for approximately $147,000, which when adjusted for inflation, would be $550,604 in 2005 dollars. The Rolls-Royce Camargue, taken by many automotive enthusiasts to be the most distinctive Rolls-Royce vehicle that was ever produced. This two-door coupe was introduced in March of 1975. The car was sold in very limited numbers in European, American, Canadian, Australian and Asian markets. The Camargue's body, which was built in London by the Rolls-Royce's division Mulliner Park Ward, was designed by Italian automotive designer Sergio Pininfarina. Further, the Camargue was Rolls-Royce's first post-war production model not to be designed in-house. The name comes from a renowned breed of horses from the southern French province of Camargue. The car, which is large for a coupe, sits on a 120 inch wheelbase. The Camargue shares a platform with the Rolls-Royce Corniche and Silver Shadow. It was the first Rolls-Royce automobile to be designed to metric dimensions, and was the first Rolls-Royce to feature a slanted grille. The Camargue's grille slants at an inclined angle of seven degrees. It is powered by the same 6.75 L V8 engine as the Silver Shadow, although the Camargue is slightly more powerful. The transmission was also carried over from the Silver Shadow and is a General Motors Turbo-Hydromantic 3-speed automatic. It was also the first vehicle in the world to offer completely automatic split-level climate control, a system that required 8 years to develop. The Camargue's design is unlike that of any Rolls-Royce before or since. This car, if and when seen driving down the road, will certainly turn heads. Better though is the fact that it is still turning heads thirty years later. There are few out in the marketplace so take a second look if given the chance.