C S Rolls' de Dion tricycle, 1897.
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

C S Rolls' de Dion tricycle, 1897.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Photograph taken from an album of prints collected by English motorist, motor car manufacturer and aviator Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910). Rolls founded Rolls-Royce Ltd with Sir Frederick Henry Royce (1863-1933) in 1906, creating one of the world's most famous motoring companies. He was a keen motorist who competed in many early motor races, including the 1000 Mile Trial (1900), which he won. Also a keen aviator, Rolls was the first to make a non-stop double crosing of the English Channel by aeroplane.

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