Rolls Royce has been the definition of style and elegance on the auto industry; the cars made by Rolls Royce are renowned for their quality and luxuriousness. Both externally and under the hood, they are known for top-notch quality. However, if your Rolls does have a mishap, grab yourself a Rolls Royce repair manual to make sure you get the job done right.
Starting in 1884, when Frederick Henry Royce began to a mechanical and electric engineering business. The first Royce rolled off the production line and into the streets in 1904. The same year the Royce was put into production, Royce was introduced to Charles Stewart Rolls. A deal was forged between the two men; Royce would manufacture cars, while Rolls would sell them. In 1908, the manufacturing plant moved to Derby, and Rolls Royce was officially born. The first model produced by Rolls Royce was the Silver Ghost.
In 1931, Rolls Royce purchased its rival, Bentley. Bentley had been struggling due to the great depression. Two years later the company changed the color of its radiator badges from red to black. The reasoning behind the change in color was that black coordinated better with the color of the coachwork.
Apart from manufacturing vehicles, Rolls Royce has a long and storied history of supplying the British military with aeronautical engines. Going back to his mechanical background, Royce began designing aeronautical engines. The last engine he designed was the Merlin, an engine that powered many of Britain's WWII planes.
The Avro Lancaster, the Mosquitoes, and the Wellington, all employed the use of the Merlin engines. Two heroes of the Battle of Britain, the Supermarine Spitfire and the Hawker Hurricane were both powered by a Rolls Royce engine as well. Moreover, even the Americans employed the use of the Merlin in their American P-51 Mustang.
Along with their many militaries uses, Rolls Royce engines have powered some of the most recognizable engineering efforts of the twentieth century. Powering the cross channel hovercraft to this day as well as the legendary Concorde, the contribution made by Rolls Royce engines to the modern world is hard to dispute.
The aircraft branch of Rolls Royce endured financial difficulties during the seventies. This led to the company being nationalized. However, the auto manufacturing branch of Rolls Royce avoided nationalization and to this day remains a separate entity. If you ever need to tinker with your Rolls, take a gander at a Rolls Royce service manual first to make sure you do the job right. Go grab yours today!