A Pictorial of Rolls Royce Motor Cars Through the Years
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited designs, builds and sells luxury autos and car parts around the world. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited is a wholly owned BMW subsidiary founded in 1998 after BMW obtained the rights to the Rolls-Royce name and logo from Rolls-Royce PLC and gained the rights to the Spirit of Ecstasy trademark along with the Rolls-Royce grill shape trademark from Volkswagen AG. They have been the exclusive Rolls-Royce branded motor cars since 2003.
In spite of the fact that the Rolls-Royce brand has been used since 1906, the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars BMW AG subsidiary has no relationship to Rolls-Royce vehicles manufactured before 2003. Bentley Motors Limited Volkswagen AG
subsidiary is the immediate successor to Rolls-Royce Motors and other entities that created Rolls-Royce and Bentley brand autos between the establishment of each organization and 2003, when the BMW-controlled entity began manufacturing autos using the Rolls-Royce badge.
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Chassis-only, no Rolls-Royce built Rolls-Royce body until Silver Dawn
Rolls Royce 10 hp (1904–1906)
1904 Rolls-Royce 10 hp
The Rolls-Royce 10 hp was the first car to be produced as a result of an agreement
in December of 1904 between Charles Rolls and Henry Royce, and badged as a Rolls-Royce. The 10 hp was produced by Royce's company, Royce Ltd., at its factory in Cooke Street, Hulme, Manchester, and was sold exclusively by Rolls' motor dealership, C.S.Rolls & Co., at a price of £395. The 10 hp was exhibited at the Paris Salon in December 1904, along with 15 hp and 20 hp cars and engine for the 30 hp models.
Rolls Royce 15 hp (1905–1906)
1905 Rolls Royce 15 HP
The Rolls-Royce 15 hp was one of four cars to be produced as a result of an agreement
in December of 1904 between Charles Rolls and Henry Royce. Badged as a Rolls-Royce, the 15 hp was produced by Royce's company, Royce Ltd., at its factory in Cooke Street, Hulme, Manchester. It was sold exclusively by Rolls' motor dealership, C.S.Rolls & Co., at a price of GBP500. The 15 hp was exhibited at the Paris Salon in December 1904, along with the 10 hp, 20 hp and engine for the 30 hp models, but as the new three-cylinder engine was not ready the chassis was incomplete.
Rolls Royce 20 hp (1905–1908)
1905 Rolls Royce 20 HP
The Rolls-Royce 20 hp was one of four car models to be produced as a result of an agreement
in December of 1904 between Charles Rolls and Henry Royce. Badged as a Rolls-Royce, the 20 hp was produced during 1905 and 1906 by Royce's company, Royce Ltd. at its factory in Cooke Street, Hulme, Manchester. It was sold exclusively by Rolls' motor dealership, C.S.Rolls & Co., at a price of GBP650. The 20 hp was exhibited at the Paris Salon in December 1904, along with the 10 hp, 15 hp and engine for the 30 hp models.
Rolls Royce 30 hp (1905–1906)
1905 Rolls Royce 30 HP
The Rolls-Royce 30 hp was one of four cars to be produced as a result of an agreement
in December of 1904 between Charles Rolls and Henry Royce. Badged as a Rolls-Royce even though Rolls Royce was not formed as a company until 1906. The 30 hp was produced during 1905 and 1906 by Royce's company, Royce Ltd. at its factory in Cooke Street, Hulme, Manchester. It was sold exclusively by Rolls' motor dealership, C.S.Rolls & Co., at a price of GBP 890 (chassis only form). The engine was exhibited at the Paris Salon in December 1904, along with the 10 hp, 15 hp and 20 hp models.
Rolls Royce V-8 (1905–1906)
1905 Rolls Royce V8
The Rolls-Royce V-8 was produced by Rolls-Royce in 1905 intended to compete with the then popular electric cars used in towns.
Claude Johnson, business partner of C. S. Rolls suggested there would be a market for an internal-combustion-engined car that could take on the electric car market. To do this it would have to be silent, vibrationless and smokeless. The engine would also have to be mounted under the car to give the appearance of a town brougham and so needed to be very shallow.
To compete with early electric cars, the engine was a completely new design with smoothness and quietness as top priorities, with power a secondary consideration. Production of the Rolls-Royce V-8 predated by a decade the first mass production of a V8 engine, by Cadillac, and three years after Leon Levavasseur built the very first V-8 engine of any type
Rolls Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost (1906–1926)
1905 Rolls Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost
1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster Rolls-Royce Custom Coach Work
The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost name refers both to a car model and one specific car from that series.
Originally named the "40/50 h.p." the chassis was first made at Royce's Manchester works, with production moving to Derby in July 1908, and also, between 1921 and 1926, in Springfield, Massachusetts. Chassis no. 60551, registered AX 201, was the car that was originally given the name "Silver Ghost." Other 40/50 hp cars were also given names, but the Silver Ghost title was taken up by the press, and soon all 40/50s were called by the name, a fact not officially recognized by Rolls-Royce until 1925, when the Phantom range was launched.
The Silver Ghost was the origin of Rolls-Royce's claim of making the "best car in the world" – a phrase coined not by themselves, but by the prestigious publication Autocar in 1907
Rolls Royce Twenty (1922–1929)
1922 577 Rolls Royce Twenty
1929 Rolls-Royce Twenty Landaulette
The Rolls-Royce Twenty built between 1922 and 1929 was Rolls-Royce's "small car" for the 1920s and was produced alongside the 40/50 Silver Ghost and the successor to the 40/50, the Phantom. It was intended to appeal to owner drivers but many were sold to customers with chauffeurs.
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Rolls Royce Phantom I (1925-1929)
1925 Rolls Royce Phantom I
1929 Rolls Royce Phantom I
The Rolls-Royce Phantom was Rolls-Royce's replacement for the original Silver Ghost. Introduced as the 'New Phantom' in 1925, the Phantom had a larger engine than the Silver Ghost and used pushrod-operated overhead valves instead of the Silver Ghost's side valves.
The Phantom was built in Derby, England, and Springfield, Massachusetts in the United States. There were several differences in specification between the English and American Phantoms.
The Phantom was replaced by the Phantom II in 1929. The designation Phantom I was never used by Rolls-Royce; it is a construct of enthusiasts applied to help distinguish it from other generations with the same model name.
Rolls Royce Phantom II (1929-1935)
1929 Rolls Royce Phantom II All-Weather Tourer
1931 Rolls Royce Phantom II Continental
1935 Rolls Royce Phantom II
The Rolls-Royce Phantom II was the third and last of Rolls-Royce's 40/50 hp models, replacing the New Phantom in 1929. It used an improved version of the Phantom I engine in an all-new chassis. A "Continental" version, with a short wheelbase and stiffer springs, was offered.
Rolls Royce Phantom III (1936-1939)
1936 Rolls Royce Phantom III
1939 Rolls Royce Phantom III Labourdette Vutotal Cabriolet
The Rolls-Royce Phantom III was the final large pre-war Rolls-Royce. Introduced in 1936, it replaced the Phantom II and it was the only V12 Rolls-Royce until the 1998 introduction of the Silver Seraph. 727 V12 Phantom III chassis were constructed from 1936 to 1939, and many have survived. Although chassis production ceased in 1939 (with one final chassis being built in 1940), cars were still being bodied and delivered in 1940 and 1941. The very last car, though the rolling chassis was completed in 1941, was not delivered with a body to its owner until 1947. The Phantom III was the last car that Henry Royce worked on - he died, aged 70, a year into the Phantom III's development.
Rolls Royce Phantom IV (1950-1956)
1950 Rolls Royce Phantom IV
1956 Rolls Royce Phantom IV
The Phantom IV is a British automobile produced by Rolls-Royce. Only eighteen were made between 1950 and 1956. They were only built for buyers Rolls-Royce considered worthy of the distinction: the British Royal Family and heads of state. Sixteen are currently known to still exist in museums as well as in public and private collections.
Rolls Royce Phantom V (1959-1968)
1959 Rolls Royce Phantom V
1962 Rolls-Royce Phantom V Limousine by Park Ward
1968 Rolls Royce Phantom V
The Rolls-Royce Phantom V is a large, ultra-exclusive four-door limousine produced by Rolls-Royce Limited from 1959 to 1968. Based on the Silver Cloud II, it shared a V8 engine and General Motors Hydra-Matic automatic
transmission with that model. Rolls-Royce assembled the cars' chassis and drive trains with bodies made to standard designs by coachbuilders Park Ward, and James Young, former vendors absorbed by Rolls-Royce.
Rolls Royce Phantom VI (1968-1990)
1968 Rolls Royce Phantom VI
1972 Rolls Royce Phantom VI
1990 Rolls Royce Phantom VI
The Phantom VI is a British ultra-exclusive rolling chassis made from 1968 to 1990. From 1968 to 1973 it was manufactured by Rolls-Royce Ltd, and 1973 to 1990 by its successor Rolls-Royce Motors. Based on the Phantom V, they were primarily bodied as limousines, along with a few landaulettes.
Rolls Royce Silver Cloud (1955-1966)
1955 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud
1960 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud
1965 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III
The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud is a luxury automobile produced by Rolls-Royce Limited from April 1955 to March 1966. It was the core model of the Rolls-Royce range during that period. The Silver Cloud replaced the Silver Dawn and was, in turn, replaced by the Silver Shadow. The J. P. Blatchley design was a major change from the pre-war models and the highly derivative Silver Dawn. As part of a range rationalization the Bentley S1 is very similar, apart from its radiator grille.
Rolls Royce Silver Dawn (1949-1955)
1949 Rolls Royce Silver Dawn
1953 Rolls Royce Silver Dawn
1954 Rolls Royce Silver Dawn
The Silver Dawn is a full-size luxury motor car that was created by Rolls-Royce from 1949 and 1955. It was the first Rolls-Royce with a factory body which it shared, with the Bentley Mark VI until 1952 and afterward the Bentley R Type until production was complete in 1955. The auto was initially presented as an export with left hand drive manual transmission models featured a column shift, while right hand drives had a floor shift by the door.
Rolls Royce Silver Shadow (1965-1980)
1965 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow
1970 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow
1980 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow
The Silver Shadow was manufactured in the United Kingdom in different forms from 1965 to 1980. It was the very first Rolls-Royce to utilize a monocoque undercarriage, a reaction to worries that the organization was falling behind in innovation. The Silver Shadow had the largest production volume of any Rolls-Royce.
Rolls Royce Motors (1973-1998)
Rolls-Royce Motors was a British luxury car manufacturer, created in 1973 during the de-merger of the Rolls-Royce automotive business from the nationalized Rolls-Royce Limited. It produced luxury cars under the Rolls-Royce and Bentley brands. Vickers acquired the company in 1980 and sold it to Volkswagen in 1998. Bentley Motors is the company's direct successor; however BMW acquired the rights to the Rolls-Royce trademark for use on automobiles and launched a new Rolls-Royce company shortly afterwards.
Rolls Royce Camargue (1975-1986)
1975 Rolls Royce Camargue
1981 Rolls Royce Camargue
1982 Rolls Royce Camargue
The Rolls-Royce Camargue is a 2-door luxury saloon manufactured and marketed by Rolls-Royce Motors from 1975-1986. Designed by Paolo Martin at Pininfarina, the Camargue was the first post-war production Rolls Royce not designed in-house.
Rolls Royce Silver Seraph (1998-2002)
1998 Rolls Royce Silver Serpah
2000 Rolls Royce Silver Serpah
2002 Rolls Royce Silver Serpah
The Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph is a large luxury automobile produced by Rolls-Royce Motors from 1998 to 2002. First unveiled on 3 March 1998 at the Geneva Motor Show, it replaced the Silver Spur, which ended production in 1997. Silver Seraph production was discontinued when the license to use the Rolls-Royce marque was sold to BMW, which began manufacture of an unrelated line of vehicles under a new corporation, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
Rolls Royce Silver Spirit (1980-1999)
1980 Rolls Royce Silver Spirit
1990 Rolls Royce Silver Spirit
1999 Rolls Royce Silver Spirit
The Silver Spirit is a full-size luxury car produced by Rolls-Royce Motors, in Crewe, England, from 1980 to 1999. It was the first model in the SZ series.
The Silver Spur is a long-wheelbase version of the Silver Spirit, produced at the same time. It was the first car to feature the retractable Spirit of Ecstasy. The spring-loaded Mascot sank into the radiator shell if dislodged from its position.
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Rolls Royce Motor Cars (2003-present)
Although the Rolls-Royce brand has been in use since 1906, the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars subsidiary of BMW AG has no direct relationship to Rolls-Royce branded vehicles produced prior to 2003. The Bentley Motors Limited subsidiary of Volkswagen AG is the direct successor to Rolls-Royce Motors and various other predecessor entities that produced Rolls-Royce and Bentley branded cars between the foundation of each company and 2003, when the BMW-controlled entity started producing cars under the Rolls-Royce brand.
Rolls Royce Ghost (2010-present)
2010 Rolls Royce Ghost
2011 Rolls Royce Ghost
2012 Rolls Royce Ghost
2019 Rolls Royce Ghost
The Rolls-Royce Ghost is a British full-size luxury car manufactured by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. The "Ghost" nameplate, named in honor of the Silver Ghost, a car first produced in 1906, was announced in April 2009 at the Auto Shanghai show. During development, the Ghost was known as the "RR04". Designed as a smaller, "more measured, more realistic car" than the Phantom, aiming for a lower price category for Rolls-Royce models, the retail price is around £170,000. The production model was officially unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Ghost Extended Wheelbase was introduced in 2011.
Rolls Royce Dawn (2015-present)
2015 Rolls Royce Dawn
2016 Rolls Royce Dawn
2017 Rolls Royce Dawn
2019 Rolls Royce Dawn Black Badge
The Rolls-Royce Dawn is a British handmade 4 seat luxury convertible manufactured by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. It was announced in time for the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Rolls Royce Phantom VII (2003-2016)
2003 Rolls Royce Phantom VII
2009 Rolls Royce Phantom VII
2016 Rolls Royce Phantom VII
The Rolls-Royce Phantom four-door sedan was the primary vehicle available for purchase in 2003. From that point forward, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has expanded the product offering to an extended wheelbase rendition of the Phantom sedan, a Phantom two-door coupe and Phantom convertible plus the less costly Ghost four-door sedan and Wraith two-door coupe..
Rolls Royce Phantom VIII (2018-present)
2018 Rolls Royce Phantom VIII
2019 Rolls Royce Phantom VIII
The Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII is a full-sized luxury saloon manufactured by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. It is the eighth and current generation of Rolls-Royce Phantom, and the second launched by Rolls-Royce under BMW ownership. It is offered in two wheelbase lengths.
Rolls Royce Wraith (2013-present)
2014 Rolls Royce Wraith
2016 Rolls Royce Wraith
2019 Rolls Royce Wraith
The Rolls-Royce Wraith is a British handmade 4 seat luxury grand tourer manufactured by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and based on the chassis of the Rolls-Royce Ghost.
Rolls Royce SUVs
Rolls Royce Cullinan (2018-present)
2018 Rolls Royce Cullinan
2019 Rolls Royce Cullinan
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is an ultra-luxury SUV produced by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. The Cullinan is the first SUV to be launched by the Rolls-Royce marque, and is also the brand's first all-wheel drive vehicle.
It is named after the Cullinan Diamond, the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever discovered.
The Cullinan sits above the Ghost and below the Phantom in Rolls-Royce's line-up, with a starting price in the United States of approximately $325,000.
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