Rolls Royce is one of the most well know brands in the world and their cars are the ultimate symbol of luxury. For over 100 years they have stood for unrivalled quality and engineering.
For over 100 years, Rolls Royce motorcars have stood for unrivalled quality and engineering. We had the chance to spend 48hrs driving around Sussex & Kent in one.
Rolls-Royce was founded in 1904 by Charles Rolls and Henry Royce with the mission to build the best motor car in the world. This was made official three years later when the Silver Ghost was given that accolade for unrivalled reliability and comfort.
The Spirit of Ecstasy is the emblem which adorns a Rolls Royce bonnet and is modeled after Eleanor Thornton. Her lover was both wealthy and wanted a nice hood ornament, so he commissioned a sculptor to put Eleanor on the front of the car. In some of the earlier models she has her finger to her lips as a nod to their secret love. In 2002, BMW paid over $40 million for the rights of the iconic hood ornament
Today, every Rolls Royce car is built by hand on the Goodwood Estate in the West Sussex countryside within a spotless, bespoke and state of the car plant.
Only one person at Rolls Royce HQ is permitted to paint the coachlines that finish off each car. His name is Mark Court and his tool of choice is a brush made from ox and squirrel hair.
Their Merlin engine became the soul of the legendary Spitfire fighter plane & the Lancaster bomber. As a result, the distinctive engine rumble of the V12 became deeply ingrained in the hearts of war veterans.
There is one in existence, it was was made for Rowan Atkinson for the film “Johnny English” but was made as a one off. You can order a replica albeit with a V12 engine.
Rolls Royce now produce five models and sold 4,107 vehicles in 2018. It’s the most in the ultra-luxury brand’s 115-year history. Here’s to the next 115 years of this great British Brand.