The story of Rolls-Royce cars begins with Sir Frederick Henry Royce, a member of the English aristocracy. While his rank in the order of nobility entitled him to be referred to as “Sir”; Royce was actually a baronet, rather than a Knight.
Sir Frederick partnered with Charles Stewart Rolls to form Rolls-Royce Limited in 1906.
The first all-new Rolls-Royce automobile to be built under the auspices of Rolls-Royce Limited appeared the following year in 1907. Fitted with an inline six-cylinder engine, 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.
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 company’s then-new new factory at Crewe.
The current Rolls-Royce model range is comprised of the Phantom sedan, coupe and drophead (drophead is English-English for convertible), and a smaller “entry level" model—based on the BMW 7 Series sedan—called the Ghost.
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