C S Rolls & Co's stand at a trade fair, Agricultural Hall, London, 1903.
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Photograph taken from an album of prints compiled by English motorist, motor car manufacturer and aviator Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910). Rolls was a keen driver and was well known in the motoring world, competing in many races of the time. He established a succesful busines asembling and selling imported French motor cars, such as the Panhards and Levasors pictured here, from his showroom in London. In 1906, he founded Rolls-Royce Ltd with Sir Frederick Henry Royce (1863-1933), creating one of the world's most famous motoring companies. From December 1904 Rolls' showrooms sold cars made by Royce Ltd bearing the Rolls-Royce name.