C S Rolls with his converted 8 hp Panhard wagonette 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) showing Rolls in a wagonette version of the four cylinder Panhard in which he won the Paris-Marseilles Race in 1898. This Panhard was the first four-cylinder car constructed. Rolls was a keen driver and was well known in the car world, taking part 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 sold imported French cars from showrooms in London.