Put up for sale on the Autoscout site a few days ago at a price of 248,000 euros, after a first attempt in 2016, la Rolls-Royce Camargue ayant belonged to King Hassan II and owned by the German car collector and designer Michael Fröhlich, developer in particular of the PG Elektrus (small electric sports car, direct competitor of the Tesla Roadster), would have finally found a taker.
Contacted by Young Africa, Michael Fröhlich confirms: “It is no longer for sale: a buyer has already paid a deposit (10,000 euros) to reserve it until the transaction is concluded. »
On the other hand, he refuses to reveal the slightest clue to the identity of this mysterious buyer, nor to expand on the history of this unique piece, entirely “customized” at the request of the deceased monarch.
A hunting Rolls
This 1977 Rolls-Royce Camargue was adapted by the famous Italian coachbuilder and car designer Franco Sbarro in his Swiss workshops to a very specific activity in which King Hassan II was involved: falcon hunting (or falconry).
In addition to significantly remodeling the body and chassis of the original model by completely removing the doors, Sbarro sawed off the roof of this imposing metallic blue coupé, which it replaced with a retractable black soft top. It also equips this legendary car, produced in only 531 copies by the British manufacturer, with a folding windscreen (like on the old Land Rover Defenders), huge tires worthy of a big 4×4, which does not have nothing to envy to a Nissan Patrol, and a fairly amazing-looking interior, Mini Moke style (small off-road pick-up based on the Austin Mini model).
On the other hand, although the side exhaust outlets suggest that changes have also been made under the hood, the vehicle’s output is 209 PS (156 kW/212 hp), which is quite close to what the engine original Rolls-Royce Camargue 6.75 liter was supposed to supply.
The interior, in orange leather, with blue piping and azure-coloured seat belts, has also been personalized, since on the blue-tinted burl wood dashboard, some of the logos have been replaced by the seal of the royal house. Moroccan.
“While the look of the whole thing is surprising to the great fans of classic Rolls, who moreover are generally quite critical of the Camargue in which they find the air of large American cars of the Buick or Cadillac type, it does not remains that this part is a jewel, a collector’s dream”, comments a Moroccan automobile journalist, who underlines that “the fact that it belonged to Hassan II shrouds it in mystery, even a kind of sacred aura “.
It remains to be seen how this vehicle landed in Germany at Michael Fröhlich. Because if, according to several concordant sources, Mohammed VI tried to sell some of the many cars in the royal garage at the start of his reign – no less than 500 collector’s vehicles, some of which belonged to his father Hassan II and his grandfather. -father Mohammed V, who shared a love of beautiful cars – he would have quickly changed his mind. Since then, ad hoc teams, mobilizing a hundred people, take care of their maintenance every day in the parking lot located Route des Zaërs, in Rabat.