C S Rolls' 7 hp Panhard fitted with a Krebs carburetor, c 1900.
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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 a Panhard fitted with a Krebs carburetor which facilitated smoother acceleration. Rolls was a keen driver and was well known in the motoring world after taking part in many races of the time, including the 1000 Mile Trial (1900). After establishing a succesful busines asembling and selling imported French motor cars from showrooms in London, he founded Rolls-Royce Ltd with Sir Frederick Henry Royce (1863-1933) in 1906, 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.