Things About Rolls-Royce You Should Know

30 April 2016

Here are 10 mindblowing things about Rolls-Royce that you never heard of.

Founded by Charles Stewart Rolls and Henry Royce more than a century ago in 1906, Rolls-Royce is the ultimate brand in the world of luxury cars. When aristocracy and opulence is in demand on four wheels, Rolls-Royce is the only contender. The company was originally founded to produce vehicles as an alternative to horses and wagons back in those days. It soon grew up to become one of the most favored car brands in the world. The lineage of cars produced by the autmobile company showcases a grandeur that no car in the world but Rolls-Royce can boast.

Not everyone can afford a Rolls-Royce and that’s what the company aims at, i.e. to produce cars only for the rich. After all, premium luxury is not meant for the common man. Following its nationalisation in the 1970s, the company was bought by Vickers in subsequent years. The ownership soon transferred to BMW and since then, the company has been a whole-owned subsidiary of BMW.

Did you know that the Rolls-Royce emblem, “Spirit of ecstasy”, was disliked by the owners? Well here are 10 more things that you never knew about the autmobile manufacturer.

1. Rolls-Royce 10 was one of the first cars to be developed by the company

15 Things You Didn't Know About Rolls-Royce | Rolls-Royce 10
Rolls-Royce 10 | via bright-cars.com

A total of 16 cars were made out of which the oldest still runs on the road. The car had set a record of the most run in kms in that era. Although this car hadn’t been able to become a favored brand in the market, its brother in production, the Silver Ghost was one of the most popular models of the company and more than 5000 cars were initially manufactured to cope up with the demand.

2. The company had world records in all three modes of transport

15 Things You Didn't Know About Rolls-Royce | The R engine dominated world records
The R engine dominated world records | via wall321.com

The premium R engine had set world records in land, air and water with the highest speed attained by any vehicle in that medium. It was used in an airplane which had reached a speed over 400mph winning the title. The Blue Bird car used an R engine to attain a speed of 300mph and also a boat used the engine to set the record speed on water. Dominating all mediums of transport is only a Rolls-Royce thing.

3. The Spirit of Ecstasy is the costliest emblem of any autmobile company

15 Things You Didn't Know About Rolls-Royce | The Spirit of Ecstasy
The Spirit of Ecstasy | via blog.caranddriver.com

The right to the emblem, Spirit of Ecstasy, was bought by BMW for a sum of 40 million dollars. The emblem even comes in gold and crystal versions with an enhanced theft-protection module.

4. Charles Rolls has his own set of records

15 Things You Didn't Know About Rolls-Royce | Charles Stewart Rolls
Charles Stewart Rolls | via carsmotoclub.com

First man to fly over the English Channel to and fro , Charles Rolls even won the IOMTT race in the cars category. How greater can a owner be!

5. Henry Royce was no less a legend

15 Things You Didn't Know About Rolls-Royce | Sir Henry Royce
Sir Henry Royce | via speeddoctor.net

The co-founder of the company that became a legend ever since its inception was no less a legend himself. Can you believe that Royce made the sketches of the first car’s engine himself! Even on his deathbed, he drew his concept of an adjustable shock absorber that could be used in the Rolls-Royce race models and it later became a hit after his death. So, when these two legends joined hands, the legend of the world of cars, Rolls-Royce, was born.

6. The interiors of the cars are manually designed and manufactured

15 Things You Didn't Know About Rolls-Royce | Interiors of Rolls-Royce Ghost
Interiors of Rolls-Royce Ghost | via theautoz.com

After all, perfection doesn’t always need to be machine-driven. Humans are what needed for creating a masterpiece with perfection. That is why, it takes about two months to build a Rolls-Royce Ghost. Should we call it the perfection of luxury or the luxury of perfection?

7. In 2009, Rolls-Royce sold as much as 1200 Phantom models

15 Things You Didn't Know About Rolls-Royce | The Rolls-Royce Phantom
The Rolls-Royce Phantom | via theverge.com

For a car as costly as $650,000, selling more than 1200 units in a single year is an achievement to cherish for lifetime. This also proves that there isn’t any scarcity of rich people in the world who like to taste every bit of luxury they can lay their hands upon. Opulence is a bliss.

8. The Rolls-Royce Phantom comes with a set of 44000 shades to choose from

15 Things You Didn't Know About Rolls-Royce | The Rolls-Royce color shade gallery
The Rolls-Royce shade gallery | via girlalamode.co.uk

You can choose from 4 or 44 or 440 or even from a set of 4400. But this automobile phenomenon takes it to a whole new level by offering a set of 44000 shades to paint your car before it comes out of the factory. Well that’s a whole lot to choose from! How will you choose your favorite Rolls-Royce Phantom shade? Do let us know.

9. Not only ride luxury but you can taste it too in a Rolls-Royce

15 Things You Didn't Know About Rolls-Royce | Champagne cooler inside the car
Champagne cooler inside the car | via iol.co.za

Believe it or not, but the Ghost and Phantom models have special champagne cooling and glass holding chambers for the riders’ entertainment. So, you basically don’t ride a Rolls-Royce but you taste every bit of its luxury. That’s what being rich should mean.

10. The company even maufactures engines for jets

15 Things You Didn't Know About Rolls-Royce | The Rolls-Royce F136 Jet engine
The Rolls-Royce F136 Jet engine | via wikipedia.org

During World War II, the company played a major role in creating fighter plane engines and armored cars that were used in warfare. The company still manufactures world-class jet engines and has been known to produce the engine that runs the famous BAC Concorde passenger jet. We now know that Rolls-Royce is not just an automobile company but much more than that.

You may now to choose navigate through the various car models of Rolls Royce Motors or have a look at our article on the Ten Of The Most Expensive Rolls Royce Cars In The World.

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