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Darren Austin
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Posted on Sunday, 03 June, 2018 - 04:10 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Hi All.

Iíve just joined the forum, so a quick post to say hello!

Iíve owned a few Rolls-Royces over the past decade, and my current drive is a willow gold Corniche FHC - very Seventies!

The car has just been recommissioned by Paul Yorke after a couple of years in storage, and Iím enjoying having it back on the road.

Cheers,
Darren
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Darren Austin
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Posted on Sunday, 03 June, 2018 - 04:27 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

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Darren Austin
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Posted on Sunday, 03 June, 2018 - 04:29 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

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Darren Austin
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Posted on Sunday, 03 June, 2018 - 04:30 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

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Larry Kavanagh
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Posted on Sunday, 03 June, 2018 - 08:09 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Lovely looking car Darren, happy motoring.
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richard george yeaman
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Posted on Sunday, 03 June, 2018 - 08:28 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Hi Darren welcome to the forum, great looking car.

Richard.
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Maxwell Heazlewood
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Posted on Sunday, 03 June, 2018 - 03:34 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Hello Darren....welcome to the forim and may I say
what a gorgeous example of one of RR's most elegant designs

Make sure you check the chassis and running gear underneath....give them a good pressure clean to reveal any possible corrosion areas and any rust traps where crud builds up unnoticed.
Especially with your road and weather conditions, it becomes paramount.
Congratulations on owning such a beautiful steed and long may you enjoy the fruits of your endevour.
These are not a hard car to maintain if you keep on top of the correct and regular maintenance.
Far too many good cars go to ground because owners will not give them the attention they deserve.
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Darren Austin
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Posted on Tuesday, 05 June, 2018 - 01:49 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Thank you, gentlemen!

The car has an interesting history, having been originally registered as 3500 TU and used as a Rolls-Royce press car. Iíve traced a photo of it that was used in some promotional material, parked at Stonehenge of all places!
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Vladimir Ivanovich Kirillov
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Posted on Tuesday, 05 June, 2018 - 09:59 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Darren welcome to the worlds best RR/B forum.

Your car looks superb. I have a Camargue which is also a two door RR and a Spirit but I think the lines of the Corniche are far prettier.

Happy motoring !
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David Gore
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Posted on Tuesday, 05 June, 2018 - 01:09 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Vladimir,

I am referring you to the Supreme Soviet for gross heresy with your Corniche/Camargue comparison.

Both cars are a product of their times:-

* The Corniche is a product of the "smooth swinging 60's".

* The Camargue is a product of the "brash in-your-face 70's".

Says it all IMHO

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Vladimir Ivanovich Kirillov
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Posted on Tuesday, 05 June, 2018 - 01:39 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Yes David but please don't tell Brian!!!
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Patrick Ryan
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Posted on Tuesday, 05 June, 2018 - 07:12 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Hi Darren,

Welcome to the forum.

Happy motoring with your magnificent looking FHC
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Omar M. Shams
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Posted on Saturday, 09 June, 2018 - 06:21 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Dear Darren,
Welcome to the Forum and how lucky you must be to have a car that is as beautiful as Vladimir's Camargue.
I think secretly everyone wants to have a Corniche but very few actually do.
I secretly want to have a Camargue but there arent enough of those to go round.
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Vladimir Ivanovich Kirillov
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Posted on Sunday, 10 June, 2018 - 03:25 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Omar, Beverley Hills Car Club has a light blue Camargue for sale at $39,500 USD through Hemmings which they say needs "light cosmetics" with under 70,000 miles on the odometer.

I would ignore the statement "light cosmetics" totally and go and look at the car in person. It is left hand drive. Most Camargue went to the USA in LHD and only 184 were RHD out of 551 ever made.

My guess is there are now less than 200 Camargue in existence on the planet now.

This is certainly the cheapest Camargue for sale anywhere.

I would also say there are things wrong with this car that the dealer is never going to admit, dealers being as dealers are.

Good luck, and remember if you do buy it Brian will slap you with several wet chickens for having no taste. Also, bear in mind that you could probably sell land on Mars quicker than you could sell a Camargue!

My bet is the dealer is negotiable on his price and the car probably owes him 10,000 USD or he has it on consignment.

The colour, if original is rare. Camargue look much better in darker shades but you in middle eastern robes with a fat Cigar would look at least half King Billy with Ray Bands jet black glasses in Dubai!
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Omar M. Shams
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Posted on Sunday, 10 June, 2018 - 05:30 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Thanks Vlad.
That's a shadow Camargue. If I ever buy one, I will look at a Spirit Camargue as I prefer the LHM cars to the 363 cars.
There are plenty Camargues in my neck of the woods and sometimes they do come up for sale.

Right now I am looking at selling my inventory of steel to get a nice Phantom.... but failing at the selling part.....
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Vladimir Ivanovich Kirillov
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Posted on Sunday, 10 June, 2018 - 08:49 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Omar, the late model Phantom will drive you nuts as you try to keep it on the road. I read somewhere the engine has to come out to change the spark plugs and no doubt it has many ECUs to fail along with numerous sensors. A purchase of the correct scan tool will be essential unless you fancy greatly enriching the local RR dealer at $300 USD a sniff.

It must have been the suicide doors that got you in. The front of the car is quite horrid like a housebrick.

My Spirit is LMH and I don't think the swap from regular brake fluid was quite a success. I have two wheels that are bleeding green fluid everywhere and I was told by someone on the forum that the caliper seals are prone to leaking. I too hate brake fluid but am not convinced LMH is much better.

Are you going to sell your E-Type Jaguar?

I am looking forward to tease you horribly when your wallet starts to have convusions keeping the Phantom on the road. EEEKKK!!!
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Harry Heuchan
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Registered: 4-2010
Posted on Sunday, 10 June, 2018 - 07:41 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Iím with you Vladimir. I think the front of the first Goodwood Phantoms looks ďBrutalĒ.

two tegether

Even withe a 'humanized' photograph the ratio of headlights to grill is all wrong in my book.


with person

Much too hard to digest, even with a 'green salad'

Front
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Omar M. Shams
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Posted on Sunday, 10 June, 2018 - 11:06 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Gentlemen,
get behind the wheel of one and then have your say. These cars are simply breathtaking.
The spark plug thing is not a Rolls problem.. it is a Bentley problem. Some Bentleys need that engine out job to change the plugs - not the Phantom.
I am only being held back by the excess metal in my garden right now. The minute they go - the Phantom comes home.
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Vladimir Ivanovich Kirillov
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Posted on Sunday, 10 June, 2018 - 11:55 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Omar are you going to wear a mask and a cape like Batman when you drive it and will the wife flog you like the family mule for buying it?
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Harry Heuchan
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Posted on Monday, 11 June, 2018 - 12:21 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Omar, I am sure you are correct in saying that in owning and driving a Phantom they would be everything a R-R should be. (Overall ambiance, the waft ability, the quietness with ample reserves of engine torque coupled to the smoothest of transmissions and the like.) My point is simply that I think some aspects of the visual design of the R-R has been lost recently with some of the Goodwood vehicles especially in comparison to (say) Darrenís vehicle above or the example in my picture below. And yes, of course I would have one, IF, like all R-Rís for that matter, I could afford to maintain it in the appropriate manner.

Smooth
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Omar M. Shams
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Posted on Monday, 11 June, 2018 - 11:58 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Dear Harry,
you are very right. It is wildly different to what we are used to.
When the Cloud was replaced by the boxy Shadow people said the same. And then when the the superboxy spirit came along..... people just couldnt cope with that shape....
Here we are again with the Phantom and one more time the traditionalists dont like the shape. I prefer the Cloud shape to anything - but the 50s are way way behind us and we now have to accept the shape of the current Phantom.
The car drives like a dream.... and for me that is what its about.

Omar wearing a Cape....

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