Founded in 1904, Rolls-Royce was a luxury car originally manufactured in Britain. Aviation pioneer, Charles Rolls, along with car designer Henry Royce, created the initiation prototype for their vehicle. With their combined ideas, they constructed an initial model for their vehicle. Wanting to manufacture the “best car in the world” these two brilliant minds worked toward this goal. Royce had actually designed his first 2-cylinder car then introduced it to Rolls. From there the car’s inner workings, engine, and body had evolved.
The First World War is what launched Rolls and Royce into manufacturing engines for aircrafts. These jet engines began to undergo much evolution from a multitude of engineers throughout the First World War and the Second World War. The first car produced under the mew badge would be the Rolls-Royce 10 hp, unveiled at the Paris Salon in December 1904. The company would be formed two years later, establishing headquarters in rural Derby. Since its establishment, Rolls-Royce had experienced fluctuations in popularity and declining sales, as that happens with any private company. However, in 1971 the company needed to liquidate. The most lucrative portions were purchased by the British Aircraft Corporation.
The company fell under poor management, resulting in its purchase by the new government owned Rolls-Royce Motors Limited in 1973. The company maintained the production of luxury cars for over twenty-five years, after which the brand was acquired by Volkswagen. They, in turn, launched a new Rolls-Royce that manufactures the vehicles to this day. In 1998 Rolls-Royce was purchased by BMW, officially turning it from a private company to a daughter company.
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Despite of the bumpy corporate history, the Rolls-Royce name and brand never shied away from their bold and classic style, remaining an iconic part of the worldwide luxury car market. From the original Rolls-Royce 10 hp, all the way to the 2003 Rolls-Royce Phantom, the models carry with them the weigh and legacy of a name vital to the automobile industry.