1975 Rolls-Royce Camargue

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1975
  • Mileage 
    34 500 mi / 55 523 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    JRH18624
  • Engine number 
    18624
  • Lot number 
    55013
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Automatic
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

- 1 of just 525 Camargues made and 34,500 miles from new

- Purchased by the mercurial Raymond Way on 18th June 1975 for £29,250 as a 'used' car (it was initally the Jack Barclay demonstrator)

- Current family ownership for the past 20 years and 6,000 miles

When launched in March 1975, the Camargue was the world's most expensive production car; for the price of which you could have bought five Jaguar XJ6s or 26 Minis! Styled by Paolo Martin of Pininfarina, it was the first post-WW2 Rolls-Royce not to be designed in-house. The model's sleek two-door coachwork was crafted in London by Mulliner Park Ward and power was provided by an uprated version of Rolls-Royce's 6750cc V8 engine mated to Turbo Hydra-Matic 3-speed automatic transmission. Between 1975 and 1986 just 525 Rolls-Royce Camargues were produced (plus one bearing Bentley badges).

Finished in Richmond Blue with Turquoise leather upholstery, chassis JRH18624 initially served as Jack Barclay Ltd's demonstrator before being bought on 18th June 1975 by the mercurial Raymond Way whose career encompassed: Brooklands racing driver; RAF pilot; proprietor of Shackleton Aviation; Lloyds underwriter; boxing and wrestling promoter; farmer; Radio Luxembourg motoring correspondent; Home Guard soldier with Tommy Trinder; fairground barker; and renowned car / motorcycle salesman. Even 'used' the Camargue cost a staggering £29,250 with £14,000 being made as an allowance against Mr Way's Phantom VI! The accompanying history file is packed with fascinating correspondence between Mr Way and Victor Barclay giving a true glimpse into a bygone era. Another letter on file dated 7th April 1997 simply states: 'This vehicle was registered in the name of the TWR Group in order to transfer the registration number '1 RW' and was not used by ourselves'. Entering the current family ownership that same year via marque specialist Colbrook, the Rolls-Royce has covered just 34,500 miles from new. One of just 65 cars to utilise twin SU carburettors, it is described by the vendor as being in 'very good' (bodywork, paintwork, interior trim) or 'excellent' (engine, automatic transmission, electrical equipment) condition. A notably early, low mileage Camargue with a fabulous provenance, 'YJL 621' is MOT'd until June 2018.

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