Chasis of a 6 hp Panhard motor car, 1898.
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Photograph taken from an album of prints collected by English motorist, motor car manufacturer and aviator Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910). It shows a Panhard (with bodywork removed) imported from France by Rolls, which was the first car in Britain fitted with wheel steering. Rolls was a keen motorist and was well known in the motoring world after competing in many races of the time, such as the 1000 Mile Trial (1900) and the 15,000 Mile Trial (1907). He founded Rolls-Royce Ltd with Sir Frederick Henry Royce (1863-1933) in 1906, creating one of the world's most famous marques. Prior to forming the company Rolls had a succesful busines asembling and selling imported French cars in London.