Sir Henry Royce, with Rolls-Royce car. Artist: Unknown
1-193-502 - National Motor Museum / Heritage-Images
Sir Henry Royce, with Rolls-Royce car. In 1884, after being apprenticed to the Great Northern Railway, Royce founded the mechanical and electrical engineering firm Royce Ltd, Manchester, who produced such things as electric cranes, dynamos and arc lamps. After finding that his Deauville motor car was unreliable he decided to design and build his own. Royce's first motor car was made in 1904, a car which so impressed his friend Charles Rolls that in 1906 they formed the motor car and aero-engine manufacturers Rolls-Royce Ltd.