Success came early for the brand. Henry Royce built his first car in 1904, and partnered with Charles Rolls soon thereafter. They founded Rolls-Royce Ltd. in 1906 and introduced the six-cylinder Silver Ghost shortly thereafter. Soon the name Rolls-Royce became synonymous with "world's best." Like all the pre-war Rolls-Royce automobiles that would follow, the Silver Ghost was produced as a rolling chassis. The body design and production were left to custom coach builders.
The Silver Ghost remained in production for 18 years before yielding to the Phantom I in 1925. The Phantom was a masterpiece of refinement and innovation. Its engine specifications would read well in today's market: six cylinders, aluminum crankcase, overhead valves, and dual-coil ignition. The Phantom III was launched in 1935. With an overhead valve, 7.3-liter V-12, it was massively powerful. It featured an innovative coil-spring independent front suspension that was based on a design by none other than General Motors. The Wraith of 1939 was a more compact Rolls-Royce, and its innovations included a crossflow cylinder head with the intake ports on one side and the exhaust ports on the other. Very few were built before World War II ended production.
- Founded : United Kingdom (March 1998)
- Headquarters : Goodwood, England, United Kingdom
- Website : http://rolls-roycemotorcars.com
In the 1970s, Rolls-Royce fell upon hard times and went into receivership. In 1980 the company became a subsidiary of Vickers. In the 1990s, the prestigious manufacturing firm went on the block again and was purchased by Volkswagen, which eventually turned the brand over to BMW.
Today Rolls-Royce is building beautiful and innovative ultra-luxury motor cars in their Goodwood, England, plant. Cars like the richly clad, 5,776-pound, 453-horsepower Drophead Coupe remain the envy of motorists all over the world.