It began with lunch in 1904 that lead to a partnership between Henry Royce and Charles Rolls. Royce had just built his first car a few months before his introduction to Rolls, one of the first people to own a car dealership. Rolls liked what he saw, and commissioned Royce to produce as many cars as he could, all of which would be sold exclusively by Rolls.
These first models were the first true Rolls-Royce cars, as each was given the hyphenated name. There was a two-cylinder model creating 10 hp produced from 1904-1906, a three-cylinder model creating 15 hp produced in 1905, a four-cylinder model creating 20 hp produced from 1905-1908 and a six-cylinder that could create 30 hp produced from 1905-1906. That was quite a lot of power at the time, and the six-cylinder Rolls-Royce had a price of £890, the equivalent of approximately £80,000 today.
Rolls-Royce limited was officially formed as a company just two years later in 1906, and after acquiring land in Derby, England, the Rolls-Royce production factory was officially open for business in July of 1908, just a year after the introduction of one of their most iconic models, the Ghost.
After the end of the first World War, Rolls-Royce acquired a second factory in Springfield, Massachusetts, marking their official entry into the American market in 1921. After ten years of production, the doors were closed. Despite shutting down operations in Springfield, the 1930s engines broke records on the land, in the air and on the sea, pushing their prestige higher with each victory.
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