C S Rolls at the wheel of his 15 hp Panhard motor car, 1903.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Photograph taken from an album of images 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, having competed in many early motor races. After establishing a succesful busines asembling and selling imported French motor cars, including Panhards, 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.