Three Mors motor cars, including the 80 hp Mors Racer (centre), c 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, taking part in numerous early motor racing events. Driving the 80 hp Mors Racer, he set a new world kilometre speed record of 150 km/h (93 mph) in Phoenix Park, Dublin, in 1903. 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.

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