On 15th March, luxury car brand Rolls-Royce celebrated its 110th anniversary, during which time the UK-founded company has forged a worldwide reputation as one of the leading names in the luxury car market. Its popularity is reflected in the abundance of millionaire celebrities to own Rolls-Royce vehicles, including David Beckham, Simon Cowell, Rod Stewart and Jennifer Lopez, all of whom have chosen to express their enormous wealth by indulging in the wonders that these vehicles have to offer.
This infographic by L.A. Stretch Limos (www.lastretchlimos.co.uk)charts the dynamic and celebrated history of Rolls-Royce from its foundation in 1906, when mechanical business owner Henry Royce and car dealer Charles Rolls joined forces to set up the company. The two entrepreneurs shared a commitment to manufacturing elite quality vehicles, as demonstrated by the Silver Ghost, so named because of its silver-plated metal trim and almost inaudible operation. Indeed, Rolls-Royce cars are famed not just for their elegance and external beauty, but also for their durability and mechanical excellence. Although the company finished producing motor cars 45 years ago, it is estimated that 60% of Rolls-Royce cars are still roadworthy, an extraordinary testament to their long-lasting quality.
Thanks to the brilliance of contemporary models such as the Ghost EWB and Phantom Drophead Coupe, the legacy of Rolls-Royce looks set to continue for many more years to come. Ownership of such vehicles is a dream for the majority of motoring enthusiasts, although it is a dream that will only be realised by those with plenty of spare change – the Ghost, which is the brand’s entry level model, starts off at a cool £177,000 ($250,000). When this ‘basic’ Rolls-Royce comes at such an exclusive cost, it is evident that this brand is among the elite in the automotive world.