I have a problem. It’s not a calamity, but it is a bit of a concern. I try to keep the types CCs I am posting in balance. As some of you may have noted, over the past couple of years, I have been alternating between Japanese and foreign car posts. Within the JDM stuff, I rotate the marques so that it’s not all Toyota/Nissan. For foreign cars, I try to alternate between American, British, German and Italian – with the odd French or other in there as well. My problem is that there are now too many Rolls-Royces in my to-write list. So here’s a quick Camargue, to ease the backlog.
Yes, it’ll be quick because it’s been done before – several times, in fact. And because I caught it where I usually catch Flying Ladies, and that place can make for challenging photography. This late model Camargue was certainly not the easiest to capture, but it’s better than the one I wrote up last year.
I like this Camargue a little more than the gray one I posted about in May of last year. For one, it was somewhat easier to access (though less than ideal) and, for another, the black colour suits it much better. Cars, like people, that are on the heavy side do wear very dark colours better. And boy, that Camargue is big.
It’s big, yet only four people can fit inside – and the ones behind better not be tall, either. I know, it’s all about exclusivity, not efficiency. But even RR’s customers found the Camargue to be a little much.
That’s not even mentioning the looks. Subjective subject to be sure, but still. I think the above angle is the only one where the Camargue looks good. Every other angle has major issues, especially when you get closer to that front end.
What were Pininfarina thinking? Even the story about the imperial/metric snafu feels like it would only have had a marginal impact on the overall effect. Hence perhaps why only 530-odd extremely well-heeled folks bought one of these between 1975 and 1986. That’s less than 50 Camargues sold per year on average.
At least this one, unlike the one I wrote up before, has the correct wheels. A very attractive design it is, too. It’s odd that they kept these for the Italianate Camargue; they would have worked much better on the Silver Shadow or the Corniche.
The Camargue was an expensive mistake for Rolls-Royce – one they never cared to repeat. Instead, they took their time, created the Bentley Continental R in-house in 1991 and never looked back to Turin for any major tailoring work, aside from a one-off drop-top in 2008 that was not commissioned by the factory.
Still, that rear end really isn’t too bad. Let’s end things on a good note and move on to other, more interesting Rollers. To be continued, sometime in the next few weeks…
Curbside Classics: Two Out Of Three Camargues, by Don Andreina
Cohort Capsule: Rolls Royce Camargue – A Gorgeous Flop, by Perry Shoar