Rolls-Royce Twenty motor car, 1928.
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From December 1904, prior to the creation of Rolls-Royce Ltd in 1906, cars made at the Manchester works of Henry Royce (1863-1933) were sold from the London showrooms of Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910), and bore the name Rolls-Royce. After the introduction of their Silver Ghost model in 1907, Rolls-Royce rapidly acquired a reputation for producing prestigious high quality cars. This model, the Twenty Coupe, was originally introduced in 1925. A relatively small car by the company's usual standards, it was commonly known as the 'Baby Rolls'. The car is powered by a six-cylinder engine producing 53 hp.