Rolls Royce is now a wholly owned subsidiary of BMW but the cars that come out of its new Goodwood factory are as inimitable as they always have been. The Phantom saloon is the ultimate in sophistication, a classic RR design melded to BMW cutting-edge engineering. Built around a hand-welded aluminium space frame with a … [Read more…]
The Corniche had a late baptism in 1971. The monocoque construction of the 1965 Silver Shadow range made it virtually impossible for traditional coachbuilders to practice their calling: there was no separate chassis on which to fit panel work. Rolls-Royce faced the problem by increasing their stake in Mulliner Park Ward (MPW), already their in-house … [Read more…]
The Camargue stands slightly apart, and indeed aloof, from other Rolls Royce series and models. The company had been inspired by a 1968 Bentley T unmistakably designed by that genius of Italian sports car styling, Pininfarina. Submerged in financial crisis during the early 1970s, Rolls-Royce needed a dramatic statement car.
The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II is the last of the illustrious marque of which the motoring world could agree: ‘This is the best car in the world’. It performed better than any previous Rolls-Royce; and every model that followed (starting with the re-styled Silver Cloud III) marked a further compromise on a long road to … [Read more…]