Rolls-Royce, alongside Coca Cola, is probably one of the most recognised icons in the world. It is said that the factory has received letters addressed to: 'Her Majesty the Queen, c/o Rolls-Royce, England'.
The Silver Shadow marked the biggest advance in car design for Rolls-Royce in nearly 60 years, with monocoque construction, triple braking circuits and hydraulic self-levelling suspension. It was also the most successful model the company ever produced.
Not only has the name Rolls-Royce entered the English language as a superlative but arguably the company, founded by The Hon. CS Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce, helped change the course of history. It was Rolls-Royce that designed, without government funding, the 27 litre V12 Merlin aircraft engine. Merlin powered Avro Lancasters and Supermarine Spitfires were instrumental in preserving the free world in the Second World War. The Merlin engine went on to power over 30 other aircraft and the total number produced approached 150,000. They are still in service after more than 70 years, notably with the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
Rolls-Royce. Once described as 'Pride of Britain, envy of the world'.