Rolls-Royce Camargue

Rolls- Royce Camargue

The Rolls -Royce Camargue is a 1975-1986 offered by the British carmaker Rolls- Royce coupe of the upper class. The vehicles were produced in the first years of Mulliner Park Ward; The shoe was designed by Pininfarina. For the first time after the war Rolls -Royce had not made ​​the design itself. The Camargue therefore stood out clearly from the same time produced sister models. The manufacturer praised him in advertising as " the most beautiful ever built Rolls- Royce ". The Camargue was initially intended as a successor to the Rolls- Royce Corniche Saloon; actually both cars were side by side, however, produced a few more years.

Development, technology and equipment

The body of the named after a landscape in the south of France Camargue was designed at Pininfarina; responsible designer Paolo Martin was there. The design in the tradition of some large Pininfarina Coupé, the Martin had already designed a few years earlier. First there is a coupe based on the Mercedes Benz 300 SEL, which was created in 1970 and was a single piece remained, but in addition also the Fiat 130 coupe. The Camargue took essential features of these designs on: Here and there followed the establishment of a distinct trapezoidal shape and the lines were characterized by smooth surfaces and the absence of rounding. However, not all proposals Pininfarina were taken. Instead of the wide-band headlamps applied in the design used Rolls- Royce for example, four round twin headlights (which were edged rectangular).

The Camargue was the chassis of the Silver Shadow and the slightly more powerful engine of the Corniche. The Camargue took over the course of its production time, numerous modifications that had been developed for the sister models: Starting in 1977, he received the new steering rack from the Silver Shadow II, from 1980 onwards, the rear independent suspension of the new Rolls- Royce Silver Spirit. Innovative was available from the start climate control with different zones: the rider did not have to choose between warm feet and a cool head. It was stressed by the fact that the selector lever was connected for the automatic with a power assist.

The Camargue was produced until 1978 at Mulliner Park Ward. From model year 1979, the production process was divided into several phases. The floor assembly was manufactured by the British suppliers Pressed Steel. The body, however, was made ​​with the engine panels; There, the attachment parts are connected to the chassis. The semi-finished vehicle was then taken to the main plant of Rolls- Royce, where the drive technology and the interior was installed. Especially in the early years, the quality of the vehicle was swaying. A German restorers called the Camargue models of the 1970s as " precious botch ". Parallel to the introduction of the Rolls- Royce Silver Spirit, the production quality improved significantly.

The equipment of the Camargue followed at all times to the wishes of the customers. In the 1980s there were a few comments that were prepared unusually striking. So about a dozen Camargues was prepared in which to white interior not only the body but also all usually chromed parts such as bumpers, window frames etc. were painted white; only the grille was still chrome. These white models were associated in the 1980s with a significant price premium; today they are not very popular and are traded on the used car market at lower prices than the other versions.

The Camargue was after the Phantom VI of the until then second most expensive mass-produced Rolls- Royce. In its debut, the Camargue cost £ 29,250; so that it was twice as expensive as a standard- Rolls- Royce Silver Shadow. 1981, the Camargue in the German market for 416,000 DM was offered, almost six times the price,. Expensive for the time series model of Mercedes -Benz, Mercedes 500 SLC was the required

The German magazine Auto Motor und Sport in 1983 tested a Camargue. The paper pointed out that the car was not made for sporty driving; held power there is refinement. The Camargue was measured by its dimensions and weight, found to be slightly moving bahr and held to be an excellent car for a relaxing trip. The cushioning is worse than the competitors of Mercedes -Benz at high speeds; at low speeds, however, have Mercedes backlog.

By 1986, originated from the Camargue 531 copies.

Special versions

  • A 1985 made ​​Camargue copy was performed as Bentley. The brown- painted vehicle was wearing a dark vinyl roof and a Bentley radiator.


  • Engine: V8, front engine
  • Displacement: 6750 cm ³
  • Power ( Federal Motor Vehicle Office): 156 kW ( 212 hp) at 4500 rpm
  • Maximum speed: 200 km / h
  • Acceleration (0-100 km / h): 10.5 s