C S Rolls driving his 60 hp Mors motor car, 1902.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm

C S Rolls driving his 60 hp Mors motor car, 1902.

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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. Rolls was well known on the motor racing circuit, competing in many of the races of the time. Frenchman Emile Mors was a firm believer in the benefits to his firm of being involved in motor racing, and his cars were at the forefront of early motorsport, pioneering innovations such as the V configuration of cylinders and shock absorbers. 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.

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