Engine of a Peugeot motor car, 1900.
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Photograph taken from an album of prints compiled by Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910), English motorist, motor car manufacturer and aviator. Rolls founded Rolls-Royce Ltd with Sir Frederick Henry Royce (1863-1933) in 1906, creating one of the world's most famous marques. Prior to founding the company, he had a succesful busines asembling and selling imported French cars from showrooms in London. Rolls was well known on the motor racing circuit, competing in many races of the time. He was also a keen aviator, and was the first to make a non-stop double crosing of the English Channel in an aeroplane.