Ten Unknown Facts About Rolls-Royce


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1. Did you know Rolls-Royce should always be written with a hyphen in the middle to reflect both the founders’ surnames?

2. Charles Rolls and Henry Royce founded the company over a hundred years ago in 1906. Incidentally a photo of the Charles Rolls and Henry Royce was never taken of them together.

3. More than six out of 10 Rolls-Royce cars ever sold are still roadworthy. The oldest still on the road is a 1904 10hp owned by Thomas Love Jr. of Perth, Scotland.

4. One of the first Rolls-Royce cars to be developed was the Rolls-Royce 10 which stood for 10 horse power. This was sold for £395.00 back in 1904 and is equivalent to £32,000, only 16 were made.

5. The mission and objective of the car manufacturer set out by the founders as a company was to provide a tangible transport alternative to horses and trains. When the company was first created the horse and carriage was still the main mode of transport.

6. Arguably the most famous Rolls-Royce car model is the Silver Ghost, 6,000 were originally made and the Ghost part of the name signified the quietness of the engine. The success of the Silver Ghost led Rolls-Royce to open a second factory in Springfield, Massachusetts but closed down after 10 years because people in the USA preferred the British made cars.

7. The Rolls-Royce R engine is the only engine to obtain land, air and water speed records.

8. The famous Rolls-Royce emblem was designed by Charles Sykes and is called the “Spirit of Ecstasy” and no two figurines look the same. Incidentally Henry Royce disliked the figurine stating it ruined the cars lines.

9. The famous car manufacturer actually stopped manufacturing cars in 1971 after the company was crippled by the development of the RB211 jet engine. The company restarted manufacturing of their cars when they were taken over by various other firms such as Vickers, BMW and Volkswagen.

10. Nowadays this famous car manufacturer which is now owned by BMW is as strong as ever and makes cars which are shipped all over the world. In 2009 they sold 1,212 Phantoms to the rich and famous including P Diddy, David Beckham and Simon Cowell to name just a few. A large amount of sales can be attributed to wedding and chauffeur companies all over the world buying their luxurious vehicles to hire out. You can find them in lots of major cities all over the world and many London chauffeur services provide Rolls-Royce phantoms for hire for up to £1200 per day.
 
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Interesting facts indeed.Some more facts about Rolls Royce -


  • The Rolls Royce limited in 1971 was on verge of Bankruptcy due to high development cost of the RB 211 engine which it was designing for Lockheed Tristar which was poorly received by Airlines.A total of 250 Tristar were made in some 20 years with most of them today either retired or do duty as Freight haulers.
  • So in 1973 the Government broke Rolls Royce into Aerospace division which was nationalized and called Rolls Royce plc and in 1987 privatized and car division called Rolls Royce motors .The rights to Rolls Royce name , logo are with Aerospace Division which licensed the name and logo to BMW.
  • The spirit of Ecstasy mascot and shape of radiator grille is owned by VW not by BMW.
  • Bentley was acquired by Rolls Royce and both models were identical except for grille and some minor differences for nearly 70 years before they were sold separately.
  • Rolls Royce never quoted BHP/torque figures for their car and when asked they would say it is enough to propel the car.
  • There is no tachometer in Rolls Royce instead there is Power reserve gauge which functions in a similar way.
  • The first unibody Roll Royce was Silver shadow and its Bentley counterpart were in production for more than 30 years.
 
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Re: 10 unknown facts about Rolls-Royce

There is no tachometer in Rolls Royce instead there is Power reserve gauge which functions in a similar way.
It rather functions in a upside=down way.
 
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excellent information man!! [thumbsup] really amazed to read this and +1 to shailinder..lets have such thread for more cars!
 
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good thread .

The wheels of RR always shows RR in up position. - have read in book


the RR are connect to sat all the time and when ever a break down occur , they would come and attend immediately without our calls . - heard through a relative , dont know haw far its true.
 

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Absolutely informative thread. Thanks for the efforts. Worth rating 5 stars.

ilango[speed thirst];74344 said:
the RR are connect to sat all the time and when ever a break down occur , they would come and attend immediately without our calls . - heard through a relative , dont know haw far its true
This really sounds interesting.

ilango[speed thirst];74344 said:
The wheels of RR always shows RR in up position. - have read in book
Yes, that is true. I have seen it in real. The logo on wheels stays in upright position all the times. Also watch the following video.

YouTube - Rolls Royce Spirit of Ecstasy - The Automotive India.com

Rolls Royce Phantom wheels
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Rolls Royce symbol - Spirit of Ecstacy
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Rolls Royce Phantoms
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Rolls Royce Phantom Dashboard
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Rolls Royce Phantom doorpad
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Drive Safe,
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2011 Rolls-Royce Phantom

The Rolls-Royce Phantom is an ultra-luxury sedan that was first launched as a 2003 model. It was the first Rolls-Royce car designed and built under the ownership of BMW, which acquired the company in 1998. Check out the new latest model of Rolls Royce.

 
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more facts of rolls royces!!

*At the Rolls-Royce factories in Crewe and London the cars are always referred to as Royces. They are never called Rollers.

*The Rolls-Royce radiator grille is made entirely by hand and eye - no measuring instruments are used.

*It takes one man one day to make a Rolls-Royce radiator, and then five hours are spent polishing it

*The Rolls -Royce radiator was not registered as a trademark until 1974
It takes over 800 man-hours to make the body of a Phantom VI
During the First World War Rolls-Royce made rifles

*You will never open an ashtray in a modern Rolls-Royce and find a cigarette end. It empties automatically. [thumbsup]

*A Rolls-Royce does not break down. It 'fails to proceed.'

*Notices have been hung around the factory bearing the legend: 'Beware silent cars.'

*Even today every Rolls-Royce engine is completely hand built

*The cooling capacity of the air-conditioning system in the Silver Spirit is equivalent to that of 30 domestic refrigerators
No one is certain who designed the Rolls-Royce radiator grille or the interlinked RR badge

*Sir Henry Royce was always known as 'R' at the factory. The practice of addressing people by their initials, especially on written memorandums, is still continued at the factory
 
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