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Rolls Royce Die Cast Models 1:18

Rolls Royce

Rolls-Royce Limited, a British car, and from 1914, aero-engine manufacturing company founded by Charles Stewart Rolls the owner of one of the first car dealerships and Henry Royce a successful engineer on 15 March 1906. The company's six-cylinder Silver Ghost was unveiled that same year.

Rolls-Royce added another, very similar brand to its family with the acquisition of Bentley in 1931. For decades following the takeover, Rolls and Bentley vehicles were almost identical mechanically.

The automaker hit a rough patch in the early 1970s. Problems with an engine contract led to severe financial difficulties, which in turn caused the manufacturer to file for bankruptcy. The company was eventually nationalized by the British government.

In 1980, Rolls was purchased by Vickers PLC. Rolls changed hands yet again in the '90s. Vickers put the marque up for sale, and BMW seemed like a frontrunner to take the reins; however, in a surprise move, Volkswagen outbid BMW. The two German automakers arranged for VW to relinquish control of the Rolls-Royce name on January 1, 2003, with VW keeping Bentley. As a result, BMW has built a $100 million facility in Goodwood, England, to accommodate the distinguished British manufacturer.

With BMW at the helm, Rolls-Royce has returned to what many would consider its rightful place at the front of the ultraluxury pack.

And here some facts and jokes:
  • The first 10 hp Rolls-Royce was sold for £395 ... Today it is worth over £250.000;
  • More than six out of ten of all Rolls-Royce Motor cars built are still roadworthy;
  • Notices have been hung around the factory bearing the legend: "Beware silent cars.";
  • Aristotle Onassis and Stavros Niarchos have lunch together in New York. Afterwards they pass a Rolls-Royce showroom and buy a Corniche each. Niarchos goes forward to pick up the bill. "No, no, no, Stavros," says Onassis, "Let me get these - you paid for lunch.".

Rolls Royce official site
2000 - Corniche '00
1971 - Corniche '71
1975 - Camargue