Rolls-Royce is really the cream of the crop in so many ways. The classic lines, the iconic "spirit of ecstacy" hood ornament and the high-powered engine design places this automobile manufacturer in a league of its own. It has an interesting past and started with two young moguls-to-be, who knew how to excel in their individual industries.
It all started in 1884 when Henry Royce started his mechanical and electrical business. A few years later, he developed his first car - which was a two-cylinder Royce 10.
Charles Rolls was the owner of a motor car dealership, C.S. Rolls & Co. so he was somewhat of an expert on cars of those times. Although it is said Rolls was an enthusiast of three and four cylinder cars, he immediately loved the Royce 10 and decided to add as many of them to his lot as possible.
The formal partnership was formed on March 15, 1906 and a new factory in Manchester (UK) was built. Royce's skills in mechanics and electricity came in handy when he designed the manufacturing plant on the 12.7 acres located at the edge of town.
Several models later, Rolls-Royce purchased their competitor, Bentley, who was unable to remain financially unscathed during the Great Depression. Both Bentley and Rolls-Royce are still considered to be top-of-the-line luxury autos and are often seen about town being driven by the owner's chauffeurs.
Most people do not realize that the Rolls-Royce engine is so superior that many high-speed Formula One race cars, jets and yachts use them. In fact, some of the features you'll find in a Rolls are very yacht-like, such as the wood veneering that wraps around a cabin's upper portion. The additional hand-finished details are elegant and sophisticated.
Many celebrities and others in the top financial bracket own Rolls-Royce, such as: Tom Brady, Simon Cowell, Shaq, Queen Latifah, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and David Beckham.
Today, we're going to take a look at the ten most expensive Rolls-Royce vehicles in the world. We think some of them will surprise you, but none the less are all incredible machines. This company has been making top quality automobiles for more than 100 years so it's all good.
10 Phantom Coupe: $650,000
9 Phantom: $670,000
8 Phantom Hearse B12: $700,000
7 Phantom Drophead Coupe: $720,000
6 Phantom Mansory Conquistador: $1 Million
5 Phantom "Year of the Dragon edition": $1.2 Million
4 Ghost Fenice Milano: $3 Million
3 Hyperion Pininfarina: $6 Million
2 Rolls-Royce 10hp: $8.3 Million
1 Phantom Solid Gold: $8.5 Million
This auto is owned by a billionaire business person in the Gulf where gold is often used to trim vehicles. Heck, gold is often used to trim anything in the Gulf. This is a solid gold Rolls-Royce that includes 120 kg of 18-carat gold on the various parts, such as the front grill, the side trims, boot handle, wheels and, of course, on-board protection due to its value. It is an armored car and has been certified by the Government Beschussamt Munchen after testing the car's security measures. Gold is also included on the interior, possibly making this the most luxurious automobile in the world.
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