Styled by Pininfarina of Italy, the Camargue was launched in 1975 and received with a mixture of awe and disbelief. Was this audaciously styled car, its lines reminiscent of the Continental sports saloons of the past, really worth almost twice as much as a Silver Shadow? Nevertheless, the contentious looks and stratospheric cost - the launch price of £29,250 made it easily the most expensive car in the world - did nothing to prevent the almost instantaneous development of a lengthy waiting list. Based on the Silver Shadow floorpan and running gear, the rakish-looking newcomer was strikingly different from any preceding Rolls-Royce. The companys flagship car, it was priced accordingly at 50 percent above the Corniche and, along with the latter, was the first to feature Rollss revised rear suspension and Citroën-esque ride height control. Like the Corniche, the Camargue used an up-rated version of the company's dependable 6,750cc pushrod V8, now equipped with a four-choke Solex carburettor in place of the customary twin SUs. In keeping with Crewe tradition the power output remained undisclosed, but most testers reported a healthy improvement in acceleration above 70mph and an indicated top speed in excess of 120mph. Rolls-Royces advanced split-level air conditioning system, which enabled independent temperature control at two levels, was introduced with the Camargue - later becoming standard on the Shadow II range - but in all other respects the interior remained the traditional gentlemens club on wheels, with acres of walnut embellishment and finest quality leather. Produced at the rate of around one a week, the Camargue was an exclusive model even by Rolls-Royce standards, output totalling just 531 units by the time production ceased in 1986. The price at the finish? A cool £83,122. Purchased from the owner of a franchised dealership, this Camargue bodyshell incorporates the changes made to accommodate the revised rear suspension and other improvements (introduced in the spring of 1979) that would later appear on the Silver Spirit range. Never fitted out, it is an ideal donor for a Camargue rebuild or possibly the basis for an interesting special. No longer available, Camargue body panels were last listed at £5,403 (bonnet), £2,957 (front wing) and £3,363 (door).