Rolls-Royce: A Tradition of Excellence

"Take the best that exists and make it better and when it doesn't exist, design it." -Henry Royce

Rolls-Royce was a partnership founded in 1904 between a mechanical engineer, Charles Rolls and one of the first car dealership owners, Sir Henry Royce who was known for his attention to detail.  

Recognized for their long-standing association with the Royal Family which began in the 1950's, Rolls-Royce has been a symbol of tradition and excellence ever since Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh took delivery of the first Phantom IV.  The Phantom is one of the rarest Rolls-Royce cars in the world with only 18 produced.

In the 1960's the motor company was favored by Hollywood celebrities and in 1965 John Lennon took delivery of a Phantom V.  He later had this car painted a psychedelic pattern, making it one of the most valuable pieces of pop memorabilia.  

Not just a pretty face, a Rolls-Royce powered car broke the land-speed recorded in the 1980's.  Powered by a Rolls-Royce Avon 302 jet engine, it achieved 633.468 mph.  

The interior is a work of art created by craftsmen who work with the finest bull hides, stitching intricate patterns that require thousands of stitches.  Wood from eleven different types of trees is used for marquetry, sanded by hand and coated with five layers of lacquer.  As seen in the company's video, "60 Pairs of Hands" 60 skilled craftsmen and over 450 hours are required to design and construct each vehicle prior to delivery.

More than a status symbol, Rolls-Royce is the ultimate in luxury, right down to the included umbrella.

1950's Phantom IV

1950's Royal Family
1960's Hollywood Favoritism
Ghost Interior
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May we suggest fitting attire for a Sunday drive in a Rolls-Royce?  

John Lobb has crafted luxury men's shoes and boots since 1849.  Requiring 190 steps to complete, this timeless, elegant Double Monk Strap will add the finishing touch to any set.  

The Monk Strap shoe, like the Rolls-Royce is rooted in English history.  It is said that an Englishman visiting a monastery was so taken with the style of the shoe that he was presented with a pair by an Italian Friar in the 15th century.  Upon returning to England, the style became popular.  

John Lobb "Chapel" Double Monk Strap Shoe.  Handmade in England.