In the rarified air of seriously expensive automobiles, the Rolls-Royce marque reigns supreme. Opulence, power, style and presence are the chief calling cards of the world’s most prestigious automotive brand. This collection of new Rolls-Royce pictures captures all of that majesty and lays it bare for you to see.
Sir Frederick Henry Royce and Charles Stewart Rolls formed Rolls-Royce Limited in 1906. Royce was the engineer and Rolls was the businessman. The first all-new Rolls-Royce automobile, built under the auspices of Rolls-Royce Limited appeared in 1907. This car was launched as the Rolls-Royce 40/50, but would eventually be referred to as the Silver Ghost.
Because of Royce’s unflinching determination to build the best cars possible, Rolls-Royce models were extremely quiet and smooth running. They were also exceptionally reliable and of very high quality.
Rolls-Royce automobiles sold well and started winning awards right away. As you can see in these new Rolls-Royce photos, the cars radiate an air of old-world dignity. This can be traced directly to that first Rolls-Royce 40/50.
Up until 1946, Rolls-Royce built only chassis, which were then shipped to coachbuilders to complete to a customer’s specifications. The first Rolls-Royce model to be completely built in house was the 1949 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn, which was also the first model to come out of the new factory at Crewe. Today, BMW owns Rolls-Royce, but even the most casual glance at these new Rolls-Royce photos shows the cars remain true to the values that make Rolls-Royce the company it is.