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This year marks the Centenary of the meeting of the Hon. Charles S. Rolls and Henry Royce (then Frederick Henry Royce). When they joined forces in March 1904, the motor car was just beginning to develop in terms of sales and popularity, but Rolls astutely saw a niche market in the upper echelons of society for a refined luxury car, which Royce's excellence in engineering could provide. Initially, in keeping with other manufacturers a variety of models were built. But guided by their directors, within two years they had focused on a single model policy, building their legendary six cylinder 40/50hp car, which legendary quickly earned their cars the reputation of 'The Best Car in the World'.
The Rolls-Royce was not the most expensive car in its day, but it can be strongly argued that it offered the standards far surpassing those of other manufacturers and was incredibly well-refined. It was these characteristics which made it appeal to its clientele, and marketed vociferously by Claude Johnson sales were consistently good. In a Rolls-Royce one had reliability, silence of operation and a chassis on which could be built the most luxurious of limousines or rakish sporting tourers.
These key attributes have remained consistent in the development of the marque, and the magnificent Private collection that we are proud to offer here has been built to demonstrate perfectly the evolution of the marque. With examples from each major model, one can see the development from Silver Ghost through the Phantom series, to the 1990s, and underpinned by the renowned smaller horsepower cars. The collection also demonstrates the variety of coachwork styles that were available on a Rolls-Royce chassis, representing almost every configuration of whether it be a Sedanca de Ville, Open Tourer, Convertible or Limousine. One could argue that there is a Rolls-Royce for every occasion (and weather variable).
Ranging in age from a 40/50hp Silver Ghost to the most incredibly specified Phantom VI we have ever had the pleasure to offer, the collection is a truly
enviable selection. Fastidious attention to detail and exacting requirements have ensured that all of the cars within the collection have been professionally maintained by dedicated staff. Selectively used, the cars have enjoyed a cosseted life and individual history files are available for viewing upon request.
The vendor has elected to sell the to benefit a Charitable Foundation of their choice.