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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 11-29-2016, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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Rolls Royce Camargue

Has anybody ever considered buying one or even owned one?
Yes they were voted in the top ten ugliest cars but many of todays top classics were once considered ugly such as Daimler SP250 Dart.
The reason I ask is because they scream out bizarre to me I also see beauty in the beast. About only 500 were ever produced and they were developed at huge cost.
I was at my mechanics yesterday and he has a loyal customer that has spent quite a lot on if to keep it alive including changing liners due to a seizure of a piston which I witnessed some months back. Now the car has apparently been to Spain and is now back for a new radiator etc. Fantastic dedication.
It got me thinking that this is the Concorde of cars, it will never be made again, totally unique and from a former era.
The interior is fantastic, the doors huge and even the door handles works of art. The wide grille totally unique and the 5"headlights so weird. From certain angles it looks spectacular, especially from the side. If only the wheelbase was wider on the back.
So-Is it me who just thinks this? they are generally so unloved and cheap but I think it would be great to own one.
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Camargues are a love 'em or hate 'em prospect design wise. They're as worthy of ownership as any other car from Crewe, but for myself I have never been able to warm to the design and I don't buy cars that I don't like to look at.

I have a cyber-acquaintance from my days in the RROC-US who owns one that had been his grandfather's and have known a couple of others who've owned them.

Any look at the classic car market shows that rarity, and rarity alone, is not enough to make a car "desirable." It's the whole package and, at times, that whole package is found lacking no matter how rare the car.

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Some parts of the interior, such as the climate controls, I really like.

Other parts, particularly the pushbuttons/warning lights at the for corners of the plastic squares, are just bonkers. Might have looked OK with some Royal Oak-style slotted screws there or something, but a mishmash of other buttons, lights, knobs?

I also want to love the Aston Martin Lagonda, but it's similarly difficult (more-so on the exterior there).

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Love the Camargue! Hate the Lagonda. Both unusual motorcars.
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I have thought buying one,

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I have thought buying one. In France now they are expensive indeed. Very good condition examples are rare.
A man I know had one with an original Silver Ghost.
Very original 2 door car, my favourite.
Yes the climate control is futurist and the interior is really representative of an era.
The instruments/dash looks a little like an aircraft inside.

I like the front, not really the rear but globally this car is for me a collector.
This period, 70ies/80 ies, could be compared like the famous " années folles " and the Camargue is the icon of those successfull years. years

If I was looking for one , I will choose one with LHM, the last ones.

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there´s one available from stondon museum collection in UK if anybody interested.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ROLLS-ROYC...IAAOSwiYFXIy-u
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I must have peculiar tastes as I like both the Camargue and the Lagonda. It must be the wedge shape! In the 80's I had a Lotus Elite and an Excel also wedge shaped. I have actually bid on a couple of Lagondas without success but they are horrendously expensive if anything goes wrong. When I started looking a reasonable Lagonda was £15-18k but they seem to go for a lot more now!

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I think they are as ugly as a bulldog licking p+++ of a thistle and consequently would have one tomorrow! Fabulous cars with details to die for, but the styling... oh dear. I was reading about the development and release of these recently which was 'tricky' as RR were under the receiver at the time but who turned out to be surprisingly helpful. Also, the cost of these new was staggering!

For a long time over here they were relatively cheap but seem to be going up in price/value quite spectacularly, as is only right.

As for the Lagonda... absolutely fantastic cars! I particularly like the later, facelifted cars (which make me odd apparently) and would love to drive one but I would prefer to on the Rolls-Royce.

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I am a big Camargue fan.

My grandfather was a RR owner and used to get "Queste", the magazine for RR & Bentley and I found one with a feature on the last of the line Camargue - special editions with CD players and TV's installed, back in the 80's . I still have this magazine today. Ever since then I was a fan of the car. I always liked the blend of English and Italian.

And I really like the dash - like an aeroplane dash!

Infact, it's my second favourite car from Crewe, after the Continental R.

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