03 September 2007

10 Facts About Rolls Royce

Rolls Royce is a car much admired by people worldwide and this car is certainly a well manufactured and design car. Below we look at ten facts about this car.

1. The Rolls-Royce engines once held world records for speed in the air, on land and in the water, simultaneously.

2. The first 10 hp ever sold by Rolls-Royce was listed with a £395 price tag. The same is currently worth more than £250,000.

3. Even up to the present day, all Rolls-Royce engines are completely built by hand. The 15' 6" long coachline that extends along the length of the Silver Spirit is applied by hand. It is estimated that more than 800 man-hours are needed to create the body of one Phantom VI. One man would take one day to create a Rolls-Royce radiator (not registered as a trademark until 1974) and five hours to polish it. No measuring instruments are used in the creation of the radiator grille.

4. To date, the oldest Rolls-Royce known to still be roadworthy is the 1904 10hp. It is owned by Thomas Love Jr. from Scotland.

5. Sir Henry Royce's first job was as a newspaper delivery boy for W H Smith & Son Ltd. At his factory, he was known as 'R' in line with the practice (that continues to prevail) of addressing everyone by their initials, even on written memorandums.

6. Henry Royce designed some of the best aero engines in the world, yet he never travelled in an aircraft.

7. After Henry Royce's death, the Rolls Royce badge was changed from red to black, not to commemorate his death, but rather because Royce had previously decided that black was more aesthetic. Some customers, including the Prince of Wales, had complained that the red badge clashed with the car's colour.

8. The air-conditioning system in the Silver Spirit is said to have the cooling capacity that is equivalent to approximately 30 domestic refrigerators.

9. Rolls-Royce made rifles during the First World War. They never made complete cars until after the Second World War was over. Prior to the WW2, the company only made the chassis and the bodies were added by external coachbuilders.

10. Rolls-Royce and Bentley hydraulic tappets receive a natural finish to a 16-millionth of an inch. In a Silver Spirit, all panes of glass are polished with finely powdered pumice of the kind that is generally used for polishing spectacle lenses. Some gearbox components received four final polishings that were not done with jewellers rouge (due to its coarseness), but rather with fine ground oat husks.

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