It may surprise even the cognoscenti to know that this stunningly elegant two door Rolls-Royce sport coupe dates originally from the mid-1970s, is from the pen of Pininfarina, were a full production car rather than a styling exercise and that the adornment of the Rolls-Royce grille is not a disguise but a confirmation that the car is from that esteemed manufacturer from stem to stern.
If that doesn’t shock you, then maybe the original owner of this beauty just happens to be none other than Sammy Davis Jr. When it first hit the states, it was ordered in two tone Tudor Red with a Masons Black lower body, Nuella Black 5000 leather trim, grey headlining, black carpet, Blaupunkt Frankfurt radio and was built to California spec. The car was ready by the summer of 1977 and factory records show it arrived on the ship Asiafreighter on August 25, that year.
According to his biography, “Davis, who was married to Swedish actress May Britt and had secret affairs with an endless parade of blondes, his sexual obsession, traveled everywhere in his Rolls-Royce with an entourage of strippers and porn stars.” The car was later bought by the boss of a prominent Mafia family in New York and painted completely Masons black with blacked-out windows. This infamous – or famous, depending on how you look at it – car will be offered at Bonhams’ Amelia Island, Florida, auction on March 9th.
The Sammy Davis Jr. 1977 Rolls-Royce Camargue will be available here. | $39,000-$46,000