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Rolls-Royce History

Rolls-Royce_historyThe firm Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd produces premium cars under the same brand name – Rolls-Royce. The firm was opened in 1904 by businessman and engineer Charles Rolls and Henry Royce, whose names were included in the company’s name and brand.

First car models were equipped with two cylinders engines (model 12RS, 15RS, 20RS, 30RS), three, four, six, (divided into blocks of 2 and 4 cylinder) and eight “Legalimit.” New cars quickly became popular, especially after the racing victories. Rolls-Royce got the first victory on 20PS car model 20hp in the rally “Tourist Trophy” (1906). In Ormond Beach Rolls-Royce set a record for cars up to 60 hp. However, the true birth of the company was in 1906, when Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP was produced. The car was named “Silver Spirit” and became one of the best known and most popular cars in the world.

In 1925 Rolls-Royce introduced the successor of “Silver Spirit” – Phantom I, which, however, did not have the same success and was replaced by the Rolls-Royce Phantom II.

In 1931, the rival company “Bentley”, specializing in the manufacturing of sports cars and limousines, became the property of “Rolls-Royce”. Rolls-Royce became a prestigious car in the 50s. Cars of the brand were ordered by fans from all over the world, including members of the British Royal family. However, in 1971 the firm experienced financial difficulties and was saved by the British government, which invested 250 million dollars in the production.

The company released new models: Rolls-Royce Corniche and Rolls-Royce Camague. Another Silver Spirit and Silver Spur models were released in 1982 and became popular among consumers in the U.S.

Face of the company today is a model of Silver Spur II Touring Limousine, which can only be bought by the most wealthy gentlemen in the world. In 1998 BMW company took control over the “Rolls-Royce” brand and the “Bentley” brand was sold to Volkswagen.

Since 2003, BMW became the only owner of all rights for the “Rolls-Royce” brand.

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