For over a century Rolls Royce automobiles have been the pivot point of high-class transportation. The Rolls Royce Company was founded in 1906 by Henry Royce and Charles Rolls (Encyclopedia 78). Rolls-Royce grew from the electrical and mechanical business established by Henry Royce in 1884. Royce built his first motor car in 1904 and in May of that year met Charles Rolls, whose company sold quality cars in London. Agreement was reached that Royce Limited would manufacture a range of cars to be exclusively sold by CS Rolls & Co – they were to bear the name Rolls-Royce (http://www.rolls-royce.com/history/timeline/default.jsp). Henry Royce’s idea to build automobiles began because he was dissatisfied with his personal automobile, and concluded that he could build a better car. At first Henry Royce started building his own cars in 1904, which included three, four, and six cylinder models (Encyclopedia 78). Henry Royce and Charles Rolls were introduced later that year; they agreed to merge Rolls and Co. with Henry Royce’s line of automobiles (Encyclopedia 78). In 1906 Rolls and Royce decided to adopt a one-model policy, meaning that the only car they produced was the 40/50 model, commonly referred to as the “Silver Ghost”. The 40/50 model was an immediate success and over 7,700 cars were built between 1906 and 1925, the 40/50 model was built in chassis form only and customers would have a body built to order (Encyclopedia 78). At the start of the First World War, in response to the nation's needs, Royce designed his first aero engine – the Eagle, providing some half of the total horsepower used in the air war by the allies. The Eagle powered the first direct transatlantic flight as well as the first flight from England to Australia both in the Vickers Vimy aircraft (http://www.rolls-royce.com/history/timeline/default.jsp). Charles Rolls died on July 12 1910 in a 20 - 25 mph wind Rolls crashed when tail plane broke at the Bournemouth International...
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