1981 Rolls-Royce Camargue Coupé  Chassis no. SCAYJ42A4BCX03669

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Lot 421
1981 Rolls-Royce Camargue Coupé
Registration no. PHH 151W Chassis no. SCAYJ42A4BCX03669

Sold for £ 40,000 (US$ 51,858) inc. premium
1981 Rolls-Royce Camargue Coupé
Registration no. PHH 151W
Chassis no. SCAYJ42A4BCX03669
Styled by Pininfarina of Italy, the Camargue was launched in 1975 and received with a mixture of awe and disbelief. Based on the Silver Shadow, the rakish-looking coupé was strikingly different from any preceding Rolls-Royce. The company’s flagship, it was priced at 50
bove the Corniche and, like the latter, used an up-rated version of Rolls’s dependable 6,750cc V8 engine. In keeping with tradition the power output remained undisclosed, but most testers reported a healthy improvement in acceleration above 70mph and a top speed in excess of 120mph.
Rolls-Royce’s 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 ‘Gentlemen’s Club on wheels’, with acres of walnut embellishment and finest quality leather. Produced at the rate of around one per 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.
With the bulk of production destined for overseas customers, the majority of Camargues was built with left-hand drive, including the car offered here which was owned originally by billionaire media mogul Ted Turner, founder of CNN, forming part of the Turner Museum collection. The car has the Bosch fuel-injected engine standardised for some export markets from 1981, and boasts discreet stereo upgrades and its original dashboard-mounted radar. Finished in black with brown leather upholstery, ‘PHH 151W’ has covered circa 26,500 miles from new and is described by the vendor as in “good order” commensurate with its age and mileage. The vehicle is offered with service/handbooks, current road fund licence, fresh MoT and Swansea V5.
1981 Rolls-Royce Camargue Coupé  Chassis no. SCAYJ42A4BCX03669
1981 Rolls-Royce Camargue Coupé  Chassis no. SCAYJ42A4BCX03669
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