Rolls-Royce Camargue

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Rolls-Royce Camargue
1982 Rolls-Royce Camargue (front)
ManufacturerRolls-Royce Motors
Also calledBentley Camargue
Production1975–1986
531 produced
Engine(s)6.75 L Rolls-Royce V8
Transmission(s)3-sp TH400 automatic
Wheelbase120 in (3,048 mm)
Length203.5 in (5,169 mm)
Width75.5 in (1,918 mm)
Height58 in (1,473 mm)
Curb weight5,135 lb (2,329 kg)
RelatedSilver Shadow
Corniche
Bentley T-series
DesignerPaolo Martin[1][2][3] at Pininfarina
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1982 Rolls-Royce Camargue (rear)

The Rolls-Royce Camargue is a two-door coupé introduced in March 1975. The Camargue's body, built in London by Rolls-Royce's coachbuilding division Mulliner Park Ward, was designed by automotive designer Paolo Martin[1][2][3] at Pininfarina — the Camargue was Rolls-Royce's first post-war production model not to be designed in-house.

When it was launched, the Camargue, which was the flagship of the Rolls-Royce lineup, was the most expensive production car in the world, selling for approximately US$147,000, or £83,000 (which adjusted for inflation, would be US$550,604 in 2005 dollars). The car was sold in very limited numbers in European, American, Canadian, Australian and Asian markets. It was named after a renowned breed of horses from the southern French Camargue region.

The Camargue shares a platform with the Rolls-Royce Corniche and Silver Shadow. It is powered by the same 6.75 L V8 engine as the Silver Shadow, though the Camargue is slightly more powerful. The transmission was also carried over — a General Motors Turbo-Hydramatic 3-speed automatic.

The car, which is large for a coupé, sits on a 3048 mm (120 in) wheelbase. 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 was also the first vehicle in the world to offer completely automatic split-level climate control, a system that reputedly required 8 years to develop.

The first 65 Camargues produced used SU carburettors, 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.

Production of the Rolls-Royce Camargue ended in 1986. During the car's 11-year production run, 530 Rolls-Royce Camargues were built, as well as one specially-ordered Bentley Camargue.

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