Facts and History of Rolls-Royce
One of the most iconic and easily recognizable brands on our lot here at Prestige Motors is Rolls-Royce. The company has been in business for over 100 years and it has has always been considered one of the most prestigious car companies in the world. If you are a Rolls-Royce fan, here are the facts and history of Rolls-Royce that you need to know.
Turn of the Century Marked the Beginning of Rolls-Royce
Right as the world entered the 20th Century, Rolls-Royce began to emerge. The company launched its first vehicle in 1904, the 10 Hp. It wasn’t until 1907 when Rolls-Royce developed the Silver Ghost that they established themselves as a premier car brand. In fact, several years later the Silver Ghost would be called the best car in the world! That’s a recognition that quite a few Rolls-Royce vehicles have received now, but it all started with the Silver Ghost. This model lasted until 1925 when Rolls-Royce replaced it with the New Phantom.
Built for Luxury, Tuned for Speed
When the 1930s arrived, Rolls-Royce was beginning to establish itself as not only a benchmark for luxury vehicles, but for speed and performance as well. With the development of the Phantom III, Rolls Royce also launched its first V12 engine. Rolls-Royce vehicles were also being used to shatter speed records. The first record was set in 1933 at 272.46 mph by Sir Malcolm Campbell and was broken in 1937 by George Eyston who reached 312.2 mph.
Luxury Fit for a King… or Queen
As Rolls-Royce continued to grow and develop new vehicles in the 1930s and 1940s, it was in 1950 when the company once again would make a significant mark on the world. This was the year that the company replaced Daimler as the preferred car manufacturer for the British royal family. The first Rolls-Royce was a Phantom IV delivered to Princess Elizabeth. The Phantom IV was designed specifically for British royalty and heads of state. It is still considered one of the rarest vehicles of all time with only 18 being produced.
Rolls-Royce Brings Excitement to Luxury Vehicles
While the decades continued to roll along, Rolls-Royce continued to develop some of the most powerful and seductive luxury vehicles in the world. Some of the most popular vehicles that the brand produced during the 50s, 60s, and 70s include the Phantom V, the Corniche, the Camargue, and the Silver Shadow II.
Purchase by BMW and New Era of Rolls-Royce
When the 1990s arrived, Rolls-Royce was looking for a change when it was bought out by the BMW Group. This purchase also meant that Rolls-Royce got a new manufacturing facility in Goodwood, England. This facility is where each Rolls-Royce vehicle is built by hand.
Popular Options Continue to Lead Rolls-Royce
To this day, Rolls-Royce continues to develop some of the best vehicles in the world in the form of the Phantom, Ghost, Wraith and Dawn. If you are interested in seeing some of these great models in person, come and check them out here at Prestige Imports!