If you were a rock star, president or diplomat, or possibly a Prince, or even better, a King back in the 70s, then the 1976 Rolls-Royce Camargue was the car for you. Even calling it a ‘car’ is something of an understatement. It was more like a palace on wheels, and a decadently plush one, too. Outrageously expensive even by the extravagant Rolls-Royce standards, the Camargue was a status symbol like few things were. First of all, it was extremely rare; over an 11 year production run, only 534 were made, a little bit less than one a week. It was also the first Rolls-Royce to feature curved window glass, and the first built to metric measurement. It’s finest feature was its split-level air-conditioning, supremely effective and more powerful than 30 home refrigerators combined!
In terms of motors, the Camargue was equipped with the Rolls-Royce standard 6.7-liter V8, coupled with a smooth and rugged GM three-speed automatic transmission. The other Rolls-Royce standard of not talking about the car’s power still holds, of course, but whatever horsepower the car had, it was enough to push this massive coupe down the motorway at a top speed of 120 miles per hour, and accelerate to 60 in 11 seconds flat.
Most 1976 Rolls-Royce Camargue and subsequent model years were sold in the United States, United Kingdom, and unsurprisingly, in Saudi Arabia.