1987 Rolls-Royce Camargue

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1987
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    2076
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

  • Delivered new to media mogul and Interscope Racing founder Frederick ‘Ted’ Field
  • The first of 12 ‘Final Edition’ Camargue examples
  • Acrylic White over Scarlet Nuella hides and walnut burl; white Everflex roof
  • Fitted prior to delivery with bulletproof bodywork and windows
  • Fewer than 20,600 miles indicated

As the ultimate model featured in Rolls-Royce’s 1987 catalog, the Camargue represented a pinnacle of styling, technical innovation and—of course—price for the storied marque. The Camargue’s distinctive styling is the result of collaboration with Pininfarina, a unique design decision which certainly produced a unique outcome. The Camargue’s Italian lines conceal its length, just as its self-leveling suspension and 6.75-liter V-8 belie its hefty weight and luxurious configuration. Just 531 examples are known to have been produced between 1976 and 1987; none are more alluring than the final 12 Camargue chassis produced, each of which received a suite of unique fittings and accoutrements denoting their “bookend” status.

All 12 of the “Final Edition” Camargue chassis received the distinctive livery of Acrylic White over Scarlet Nuella hides with white piping, walnut burl trim, and white Everflex vinyl roof. Most importantly, a suite of unique silver inlays adorned the cabin, complete with a matching set of accessories deposited in the rear divider. Rolls-Royce’s rear parking sensor, dual-zone air conditioning system, and anti-theft alarm were also included as standard fare.

This chassis is the first of these last “Final Edition” Camargue examples earmarked for the 1987 model year. As such, it was featured heavily in contemporary press released by Rolls-Royce for the 1987 model year—including a special book detailing the end of the Camargue assembly line. The accompanying build information and warranty records indicate that this chassis is also uniquely specified with rear headrests, a Scarlet Nuella headliner, scarlet parcel deck, white leather finishes on the underdash and radio surround, black floormats bound in Scarlet, and additional walnut veneers covering the speaker grilles, air vents, and rear divider inset.

Finally, this notable Camargue was modified prior to delivery with the fitment of bulletproof bodywork via the addition of Kevlar panels and multi-pane glass side windows and front windscreen.

On November 12, 1986, it was delivered new to Gregg Motors Rolls-Royce of Beverly Hills, California and sold shortly thereafter to media mogul and Interscope Racing founder Frederick “Ted” Field. Accompanying invoices show that Mr. Field registered and stabled the car at Greenacres, the former Harold Lloyd estate which he had purchased the year prior, with the vanity plate “JGRT313.” Since leaving the Field collection in October of 1990—then showing 10,000 miles—this unique chassis has, remarkably, only accumulated approximately 10,500 additional miles over the past 30 years.

In preparation for sale, the consignor has recently commissioned Palma Classic Cars of Audubon, New Jersey to complete a comprehensive service including fluids, belts, and a safety inspection. This example comes with over twenty years of maintenance records, history file, warranty records, as well as manuals, spare and jack, and four glass tumblers that stow away beneath the rear armrest. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/0620.