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1911 Rolls Royce Model 40/50 Silver Ghost Tourer
1911 Rolls Royce Model 40/50 Silver Ghost Tourer
1923 Rolls-Royce Springfield Silver Ghost Oxford Tourer
1923 Rolls-Royce Springfield Silver Ghost Oxford Tourer
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Barker Boattail
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Barker Boattail
1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Inskip Cabriolet
1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Inskip Cabriolet
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Cabriolet
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Cabriolet
1962 Rolls-Royce Phantom V
1962 Rolls-Royce Phantom V
2002 Rolls-Royce Phantom Prototype
2002 Rolls-Royce Phantom Prototype
Modified 1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupe
Modified 1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupe

Auction Result: $185,000
1910 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Landaulette by Brainsby
1910 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Landaulette by Brainsby

Auction Result: $539,000
1915 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost London-Edinburgh Tourer
1915 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost London-Edinburgh Tourer

Auction Result: $368,500
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 HP Saloon by Thrupp & Maberly
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 HP Saloon by Thrupp & Maberly

Auction Result: $55,000
1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Empress Limousine by Hooper
1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Empress Limousine by Hooper

Auction Result: $93,500
1966 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Mulliner Park Ward Drophead Coupe
1966 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Mulliner Park Ward Drophead Coupe

Auction Result: $180,000
1911 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost
1911 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost
1913 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost
1913 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost
1914 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost
1914 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost
1921 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Plaxton Roadster
1921 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Plaxton Roadster
1923 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Touring Car
1923 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Touring Car
1924 Rolls Royce Springfield Silver Ghost Pall Mall Tourer
1924 Rolls Royce Springfield Silver Ghost Pall Mall Tourer
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Gurney Nutting Continental
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Gurney Nutting Continental
1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith
1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith
1926 Rolls-Royce Springfield Silver Ghost
1926 Rolls-Royce Springfield Silver Ghost
1929 Rolls Royce Phantom I Brewster Ascot Tourer
1929 Rolls Royce Phantom I Brewster Ascot Tourer
1929 Rolls Royce Phantom II All Weather Tourer
1929 Rolls Royce Phantom II All Weather Tourer
1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Henley Roadster
1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Henley Roadster
1958 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I Mulliner 7410 DHC
1958 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I Mulliner 7410 DHC
1959 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I James Young Drophead Coupe
1959 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I James Young Drophead Coupe
1959 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I
1959 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I
1965 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III
1965 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III
1965 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III Mulliner Flying Spur
1965 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III Mulliner Flying Spur
Ensign Red 2010 Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe
Ensign Red 2010 Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe
1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost
1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost
1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Barker Torpedo
1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Barker Torpedo
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Hamshaw Limousine
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Hamshaw Limousine
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Gurney Nutting Sedanca
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Gurney Nutting Sedanca
1964 Rolls-Royce H.J. Mulliner Silver Cloud III DHC
1964 Rolls-Royce H.J. Mulliner Silver Cloud III DHC
1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Binder 3-Position Drophead
1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Binder 3-Position Drophead
1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine
1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine
1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II
1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II
1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow
1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow
1978 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II
1978 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II
1995 Rolls-Royce Corniche - Celine Dion
1995 Rolls-Royce Corniche - Celine Dion
2001 Rolls Royce Silver Seraph
2001 Rolls Royce Silver Seraph
2003 Rolls Royce Phantom
2003 Rolls Royce Phantom
2004 Rolls Royce Phantom 100EX DHC
2004 Rolls Royce Phantom 100EX DHC
2004 Rolls Royce New Phantom
2004 Rolls Royce New Phantom
2004 Rolls Royce Centenary Edition Phantom
2004 Rolls Royce Centenary Edition Phantom
2004 Rolls Royce Phantom Interior
2004 Rolls Royce Phantom Interior
2004 Rolls Royce Phantom Factory Photos
2004 Rolls Royce Phantom Factory Photos
2005 Rolls Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase
2005 Rolls Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase
2005 Rolls Royce Phantom Black Tie Edition Limousine
2005 Rolls Royce Phantom Black Tie Edition Limousine
1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Freestone & Webb Saloon
1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Freestone & Webb Saloon
   

Brief Rolls Royce History

Frederick Henry Royce was an engineer trained in the British electric power industry. He began tinkering with motor cars in 1902 and soon decided he could build a better car himself. By April 1, 1904, he had a running twin-cylinder car on the road and began production on a modest scale.

Charles Stewart Rolls, 14 years his junior, was born to Lord and Lady Llangattock and was educated at Cambridge University. He became fond of bicycle racing and took to motor racing in 1899 with a de Dion-Bouton tricycle. In 1902, with his father's backing, he began importing French cars to London and selling them. In the course of his business, he tested a Royce car; his friend Henry Edmunds, a pioneer motorist and founder of the Royal Automobile Club, arranged for him to meet Henry Royce over lunch in May 1904.

The two men hit it off very well, and Rolls took on the selling of Royce's entire output. The first Rolls-Royce car was shown at the Paris Salon in December 1904, and by 1905, both three- and four-cylinder cars were in production. In 1906, Rolls canceled all his other franchise arrangements and devoted himself entirely to the sales of Rolls-Royce cars. It was at this time that the two men's businesses were merged as Rolls-Royce, Ltd.

The Rolls-Royce radiator mascot, "The Spirit of Ecstacy", was designed by illustrator/sculptor Charles Sykes and debuted in 1911. The Rolls-Royce grille and mascot are covered by Britain's Protection of Monuments Act.

1912-1913 - Alpine Trials helped find weak spots in the engineering allowing "the best car in the world" to be even better.

1916 - A report in The Times told of the perfect reliability of the armoured car service in the Egyptian desert, where the cars, all Rolls-Royces, moved to timetable and engine breakdowns were unknown. "The cars have run over thousands of miles of the roughest desert, and the complete absence of engine trouble is a triumph for British workmanship."

1965 - Siver Shadow introduced. If the box type form was something of a shock to Rolls-Royce traditionalist after the smooth lines of the Cloud, there were much more radical changes under the skin: all independent self levelling suspension, disk brakes and a monocoque structure. In one fell swoop Rolls-Royce had entered the modern era.

In 1971, Rolls-Royce Ltd., was nationalized by the British Government because of the pending financial collapse of Rolls-Royce, due mostly to the money spent on the development of the RB211 jet aircraft engine. In 1973, the government sold off the motor car business by forming Rolls-Royce Motors and Rolls-Royce Plc to concentrate on the aero industry. In this reorganization, Rolls-Royce Plc maintained ownership of the trademarks of the Rolls-Royce name, logos, mascot, and grille shape.

Vickers purchased the Rolls-Royce Motors company in 1980 which they operated using the Rolls-Royce name, logo, mascot and grille shape under a license agreement with Rolls-Royce, Plc, the aircraft-engine manufacturer. In 1998 Vickers put the company up for sale.

Volkswagen out-bid BMW for the Rolls-Royce Motors assets but, in an odd twist, Rolls-Royce Plc decided to sell the license for the use of the Rolls-Royce name to BMW. Volkswagen had purchased the rights to use the "Spirit of Ecstacy" mascot and grille shape and the Bentley name and logos, but not the right to use the Rolls-Royce name. VW claimed it was only interested in the Bentley which was outselling Rolls-Royce by almost double.

Volkswagen and BMW came to an agreement whereby Volkswagen would purchase engines from BMW and rights to use the Rolls-Royce name and logo until the end of 2002. Volkswagen built its last Rolls-Royce in August 2002, ending nearly sixty years of Rolls-Royce manufacturing tradition at the Crewe, England facility.

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