Rolls-Royce Ltd. was founded in 1904 by Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce. Royce was a respected engineer and manufacturer who had developed an interest in motor cars as an efficient means of transportation. Rolls was a pioneer motorist whose firm of C.S.
Rolls and Company sold quality French motor cars.
The Silver Ghost was introduced at the London Motor Show in November, 1906; production continued until the Spring of 1925, at Derby, England and until 1926 at the American Springfield factory. Numerous improvements and refinements were made over the years.
The Rolls-Royce radiator mascot, “The Spirit of Ecstasy”, was designed by illustrators sculptor Charles Sykes and debuted in 1911.
The Rolls-Royce grille and mascot are covered by Britain’s Protection of Monuments Act.