C S Rolls' 'Locomobile' motor car, 1901.
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Photograph taken from an album of images compiled by Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910), English motorist, motor car manufacturer and aviator. The Stanley Locomobile was a steam-powered car manufactured in the United States, where in the early days of the motor industry, steam propulsion was widely seen as a viable alternative to the petrol engine. 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 forming the company, he had a succesful busines asembling and selling imported French cars in London. A keen driver, he was well known on the motor racing circuit, competing in many early races.