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M.Bobbit: Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow & Bentley T-Series

 

Rolls-Royce Camargue
(1975 - 1986)

Rolls-Royce Camargue
Rolls-Royce Camargue. This is n o t the Rolls-Royce Drivers' School of Instruction training for the rush-hour in Jeddah...

The Rolls-Royce Camargue like the Corniche was built on the Silver Shadow floor pan and crafted by Mulliner Park Ward, but unlike the Corniche owed its styling to the Italian Sergio Pininfarina. Placed at the top of Rolls-Royce's model hierarchy the Camargue incorporated a number of innovations. It was Rolls-Royce's first car ever designed to metric dimensions. The world's first completely automatic split-level air conditioning system allowed the choice of different variations of temperature for the upper and lower parts of the interior. During its production period from 1975 to 1986 the price rose from 29,250 to 83,122 £. Despite the rather sporting image only one Camargue was delivered ex-factory badged as a Bentley to special request.

Rolls-Royce Camargue, 1974, #JRH19088, Mulliner Park Ward Two Door Saloon
Rolls-Royce Camargue, 1974, #JRH19088, Mulliner Park Ward Two Door Saloon. The centre sticker on Swedish number plates does read the car's chassis number.


Technical Data:
8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration, aluminium-silicon alloy cylinder block with cast iron wet cylinder liners, bore x stroke 104.14 x 99.06 mm (4.1 in x 3.9 in), capacity 6,750 cc, aluminium alloy cylinder heads, twin SU-carburettors (from 1975 single Solex 4-barrel carburettor, twin SU-carburettors remained on export models for the U.S.A., Canada, Japan and Australia; from 1980 Bosch fuel injection on export models for California; from 1981 Bosch fuel injection on all export models for the USA, Canada, Japan and Australia); 3-speed automatic gearbox; hypoid bevel final drive; independent suspension with coil springs front and rear, hydraulic self-levelling height control rear; ventilated disc brakes front, plain discs rear; wheelbase 3,048 mm (120 in) (from 1979 wheelbase 3.061 mm (120,51 in); tyre size 235VR15

Rolls-Royce Camargue
Rolls-Royce Camargue, 1977, #JRH25623, Mulliner Park Ward Two Door Saloon. The safe way to train Rolls-Royce Camargue on 'stuck in mud' is to comply with the photographer's suggestion: 'We shall position her nicely for a really fine photo'. (Photos courtesy of Steve Stuckey)
Rolls-Royce Camargue


No. made:

525 Rolls-Royce Camargue (1975-1986)
1 Bentley Camargue (1985)
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