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					Rolls Royce was conceived in 1904, over lunch in a Manchester Hotel. The meeting
involved Henry Edmunds, who was an engineer, Charles Rolls a founder member of
the RAC and keen car enthusiast and Henry Royce, who was also a successful
engineer, who had been making plans for a prototype car. Henry Edmunds had
decided to introduce Rolls to Royce, as he knew that the two men would benefit from
a meeting with one another.

At the conclusion of the meeting it was agreed that C.S Rolls and Co, would be the
sole dealership selling as many vehicles that Royce could be produced. Royce was
known to be a man who would pay great attention to detail and was already an
accomplished engineer, who had registered his first patent, a bayonet lamp socket in
1887. In typical Royce fashion, he decided to improve upon his first car, a decauville
and decided that he would go on to build some of the best cars in the world. By 1904
Royce had designed and built his first prototype motor car engine, which took to the

Royce went on to design the 40/50 HP motorcar, which was introduced in 1907. The
Commercial Managing Director for Rolls Royce, Claude Johnson, decided to use a
40/50 HP as a demonstrator vehicle. The vehicle ended up being the 12th 40/50HP to
roll off the production line and was painted aluminium silver, with silver-plated
fittings. Due to the quietness of the vehicle it was named the "Silver Ghost". The
name stuck and it was during this year that the vehicle proved time and time again,
that it really was an incredibly reliable motorcar. During this year the Silver Ghost
completed a return, London to Glasgow journey 27 times, which was quite a feat, as
most motor vehicles being produce at this time would not have been able to manage
such a journey. It was in 1907 that the publication Autocar, described the Rolls Royce
Silver Ghost as the "best car in the world", which is a term that has been associated
with Rolls Royce even to this day.

Over the years Rolls Royce has continued to build luxury vehicles, many of which
have gone on to become famous, such as John Lennon's Phantom V. The car was
originally delivered in 1965 in black, however, during the making of Sergeant Pepper,
John decided to have the car painted in scrolls and flowers by a team of barge
designers, which happened to upset a lot of Rolls Royce fans.
Another famous Rolls Royce car, can be seen in the James Bond movie Goldfinger. In
the movie, where the bad guy Auric Goldfinger, employs Odd Job to drive him around
in a 1937 Rolls Royce Phantom III.

The modern fleet of Rolls Royce vehicles are still associated with reliability and
prestige and have remained a firm favourite with rock stars, business tycoons or for
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