Posts Tagged: Rolls-Royce history

Rolls-Royce 10hp (1904-1906)
By July 10, 2013 Read More →

Rolls-Royce 10hp (1904-1906)

Before manufacturing his own car, Henry Royce owned a second-hand, 10hp two-cylinder French Decauville. The little car’s standard of construction and workmanship was not good and Royce wanted to improve its unreliable electrical system, general rough running and vibration that was the norm for vehicles of the time. Based on the Decauville, Henry Royce built three prototype models, which were named Royce 10.

Henry Royce
By October 5, 2012 Read More →

Henry Royce

Frederick Henry Royce was born in Alwalton, near Peterborough, in 1863. His father, James Royce, married Mary King in 1852 and they had five children, Henry being the youngest. To support his family Royce moved to London and sold newspapers for W.H. Smith, and then became a telegraph boy for the Post Office, delivering telegrams around the West End.

Charles Stewart Rolls
By September 4, 2012 Read More →

Charles Stewart Rolls

Charles Stewart Rolls was raised in aristocratic privilege. As a third son of Lord and Lady Llangattock, they lived at The Hendre, Monmouth in Wales. Charles, born in 1877, was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge where he graduated in engineering. By the time he left university he was an enthusiastic and accomplished motorist, a pioneer in a time when most people thought that motoring was just a fad that would soon pass. Charles Rolls raced with bicycles, motorcycles and cars. In 1903 he broke the World Land Speed Record in Dublin driving a 30hp Mors, but the international governing body of the time refused to acknowledge the accomplishment due to the use of unapproved timing equipment.