Classic Rolls Royce Charles Royce was born in 1877
third son of the 1st Baron Llangattock and Lady Llangattock. but tragically died on 12 July 1910 aged only 32 in an airplane accident, incidentally, he was the first Englishman to be killed in an air accident/crash.
Educated at Eton College where his developing interest in engines earned him the nickname dirty Rolls. He went on and studied Mechanical & applied science at Cambridge and graduated in 1898 at the tender age of 22, during which time developed his love for the motor vehicle. However his talents and heart were to be found in motor pioneering and salesman ship.
In 1903 he borrowed money from his father and set up and one of the first motor car dealerships in England, CS Rolls & Co. based in London, importing Peugeot & Minerva cars from France and Belgium.
Henry Royce, youngest son of 5 children was born in 1863 & had to start work at only 9 years old when his father died. In 1878 was fortunate to start an apprenticeship with the Great northern railway in Peterborough. Then in 1884 he entered in to a partnership with a friend making domestic electric light fittings. They also started making dynamos and electric cranes and F.H. Royce & Company found. The company was re-registered in 1899 as Royce Ltd.
With ever increasing competition from Germany & the USA he turned his attentions to the new invention – the Motor car.
Unsatisfied with the cars he owned due to high exacting decided to improve on them.
Then in 1904 manufactured his own car called the Royce. The third car that was built was sold to a man called Edmund’s, a friend Charles Rolls.
On May 04 1904 the historic meeting was made between Rolls & Royce at the Midland Hotel in Manchester. However they were only being built by Rolls and sold by Royce, but would be badged as Rolls Royce.
It was not until 1906 that their partnership was formalized and Rolls Royce Limited was thus created and Charles Royce was made chief engineer and of works director. Royce thus provided the technical expertise to complement Rolls’ financial backing and business acumen.
By 1907 the company was winning awards for the engineering reliability and quality of its cars.
Henry Royce died 22 April 1933.
Classic Rolls Royce car is now owned by BMW .