#Mac#MachineCrushMonday - ROLLS ROYCE
For well over a century now Rolls-Royce has built high-quality cars with an iconic and elite status. Old Rolls-Royce models are still highly sought after and most can recognize a Rolls from the logo alone. But only a few would know that the iconic "Spirit of Ecstasy" hood brand logo exists because of an extramarital affair - Well, we are concerned about the car itself.
1. Rolls-Royce Limited was founded in 1904 by Charles Rolls and Henry Royce. Royce had built such a great car that Rolls decided to sell and market the car under the name 'Rolls-Royce'. The first car created by both men was the Rolls-Royce 10 HP.
2. In 1971 Rolls-Royce went into liquidation. Early problems with the RB211 jet engine led to the company to being taken into state ownership and the flotation of the motor car business in 1973 as a separate entity. One of the cars created under the new Rolls-Royce Motors was the Corniche.
3. Both Volkswagen and BMW showed great interest in acquiring Rolls-Royce. In 1998 BMW was outbid by Volkswagen (£430 million over £340 million), but it turns out they bought only part of the company. Eventually BMW owned the name and logo, while Volkswagen had rights to the mascot and grill. They made a deal which included that and from 2003 on, BMW was allowed to produce the complete car under the Rolls-Royce name.
4. The 2003 Phantom is the first Rolls-Royce built completely under BMW and comes in a shocking 44,000 hues for the exterior and interior.
5. Only one man, named Mark Courts, paints the coach line for Rolls-Royce vehicles before they drive out of the factory; no robots or machine are allowed to do this job. Mark needs to have great focus in order to paint that fine line because there is no eraser.
6. Today, about 65% of all Rolls-Royce cars ever built are still on the road! Superb quality and love for the brand keeps them going strong.