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Rolls-Royce: History and Car Specs Of The Award-Winning Cars

Posted by Gemma on 02nd March 2020

Rolls-Royce: History and Car Specs Of The Award-Winning Cars

Founded in 1904 by Charles Rolls and Henry Royce, the Rolls-Royce brand has a well-established history. Initially formed as a British luxury car brand, Rolls-Royce later specialised in designing and manufacturing powerful aviation engines. The iconic brand has since changed ownership, including once government-owned and later publicly sold. Rolls-Royce Holdings Limited Plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange market, with an estimated value of over £17 billion.


So, what do we know about the history of this iconic brand and the luxury cars they produce?


Rolls Royce Logo 

The Rolls Royce logo is a combination of two Rs, which represent the founders’ initials. Currently created using a sophisticated black and silver colour palette, the earliest car models were issued with a red version of the logo. In 1934, this was changed to the existing design choice, as the red was considered to clash with the colour of some of their most iconic car models.


Rolls Royce Emblem

Referred to as the ‘spirit of ecstasy’, the emblem on the bonnet of current Rolls Royce car models has become an iconic piece of British car history. A symbol of luxury cars, the world-renowned ornament features a woman leaning forward with her arms gracefully extended behind her and a cloth draped across them to resemble angel wings. Various versions of the emblem have been designed over the years, with the current ornament featuring a mechanism which enables it to retract into the bonnet of the car if pressure is applied to the ornament.


Rolls-Royce Phantom 

Launched in 2003, the Rolls-Royce Phantom is a flagship Rolls-Royce car whose design epitomises elegance. Even the plush lambswool floor mats are luxurious and feature handcrafted wood veneers and the finest leather interiors. The extended wheelhouse that distinguishes the EWB model from the existing range allows those who hire the Phantom to fully appreciate its sophisticated spec in a more spacious environment than many other luxury cars.


Established as the quietest car model in the world, the Rolls-Royce Phantom features proprietary tyres developed by Rolls-Royce in conjunction with their dedicated tyre specialists. These unique tyres incorporate a foam layer and have been carefully designed to reduce background noise, so conversations and entertainment can be effortlessly enjoyed without unwanted distractions.


The Phantom’s prominence has been recognised by BBC Top Gear Magazine, which awarded it the prestigious Luxury Car of the Year accolade just weeks after its release.  


Rolls-Royce Ghost

Much like the Phantom, the Rolls-Royce Ghost has also received a coveted award, named the best super-luxury car in the world by What Car? magazine


Designed to incorporate the Phantom’s sophistication into a more compact and agile model, the Ghost features a world-class entertainment system, and individual temperature controls for optimum comfort. The latest technology can be enjoyed from within the near-silent passenger suite, which expertly combines the luxuries you’d expect from first-class travel with classic features that add a sense of familiarity.  


Once the date is set for your unforgettable celebration, and you’re considering hiring a Rolls-Royce to arrive in style, contact AZ Luxe to learn about our dedicated chauffeur service and the stress-free airport transfers our experienced team can facilitate.