Dashboard of C S Rolls's 10 hp Panhard motor car, 1903.
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Photograph taken from an album of prints compiled by Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910), English 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 motoring companies. Previously he had a succesful busines asembling and selling imported French cars, including Panhards, in London. He was well known on the motor racing circuit, competing in many of the races of the time, and was also a keen aviator, becoming the first to make a non-stop double crosing of the English Channel by aeroplane.