The Rolls Royce story

roll royce story

They are the best luxury cars. Kings and queens were driven by drivers and Hollywood stars to be photographed in them. They are the epitome of opulence. But what is the history of these famous cars?

On May 4, 1904, the Manchester Midland Hotel Charles Rolls had lunch with Henry Royce. Charles was an aristocrat and adventurer, born in 1877. He was also an engineer and the first pilot to complete a double crossing of the English Channel. Henry was a mechanical engineer and was born in 1863. He created his first company at the age of 21 and registered his first patent in 1887. The couple discussed the joining of forces.

In 1902, Royce had built his first car: a Decauville. I was not happy and started to build the best cars in the world. In 1903 he built his first engine and in 1904 he took a prototype on the road.

Charles Rolls was the first Cambridge student to own a car and quickly started running. To finance his passion, he created a car dealership. He mainly sold foreign cars but was looking for quality British cars, a search that took him to Henry Royce.

After the famous lunch in Manchester, the couple agreed that Rolls would sell only the number of cars that Royce could make, and in 1906 Rolls-Royce Limited was officially founded.

In 1907, Henry Royce announced the six-cylinder Silver Ghost, a super smooth car of great reputation. It broke the mold of craftsmanship, engineering and attention to detail and earned a reputation as the best car in the world, covering 15,000 continuous miles with little wear and tear.

By the end of the 1920s, aviation was the mainstay of its business, and during World War I almost half of the engines used by the allies were manufactured by Rolls-Royce.

During the war, his Silver Ghost car chassis was reinforced with armor and used as a battle car. The silver ghost remained in production until 1926.

After the war in 1946, Rolls-Royce took out the Silver Spectrum and made even more cars. The Silver Wraith was produced until 1959.

In 1950, HRH Princess Isabel received the first Phantom IV, a car designed exclusively for heads of state and royalty. Only 18 were ever produced.

Rolls-Royce celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2004 and they were very successful along the way. Its “R” engine design propelled the winning aircraft to the Intercontinental Schneider Trophy seaplane competition and set a new speed record. In 1933, George Eyston broke the land speed record with a top speed of 312.2 mph in his Thunderbolt car that was powered by two “R” engines.

Charles Rolls unfortunately died when his biplane crashed during an air show in July 1910 and Henry Royce died in April 1933 in West Wittering, 70 years old.

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