C S Rolls at the wheel of his 8 hp Panhard motor car, France, 1898.
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Photograph taken from an album of prints collected by English motorist, motor car manufacturer and aviator Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910) showing Rolls sitting in the Panhard in which he won the Paris-Marseilles race in 1898. This motor car was the first four-cylinder car constructed. Rolls competed in many races of the time, such as the 1000 Mile Trial (1900) and the 15,000 Mile Trial (1907). He founded Rolls-Royce Ltd with Sir Frederick Henry Royce (1863-1933) in 1906, creating one of the world's most succesful motoring companies. Prior to forming the company, Rolls sold imported French cars from showrooms in London.