How Did the Rolls-Royce Get its Name, What Does it Mean, and Where Did the Automobile Come From?

Charles Rolls (1877-1910), a salesman, and Henry Royce (1863-1933), an electrical engineer, got together in 1906 to produce a car that would be sold exclusively by Rolls.

They agreed the car would be called a Rolls-Royce.

The first model was the Silver Ghost, which they produced until 1925.

The company continued in private ownership until 1971 when financial problems in its aircraft division led to a takeover by the British government.

Today Rolls-Royce is owned by the German automobile maker Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW).

Rolls-Royce is highly regarded for its engines.

They powered many of the Spitfires and Hurricanes used in the Battle of Britain during World War II.

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