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C. S. Rolls and Co

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January 1903. 10 h.p. Panhard supplied by C. S. Rolls.
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of Seagrave Works, Fulham

1902 January. Began business as a motor agent Rolls and Co at Lillie Hall, Fulham, a former ice skating rink

1902 May. Exhibited at the Motor Car Show

1903 Formed by Charles Stewart Rolls. Offices and showrooms opened in Brook Street, Mayfair

1904 23rd December. Charles Stewart Rolls and Claude Goodman Johnson trading as C. S. Rolls and Co entered into an agreement to market the total output of cars of the Royce company; Rolls would make the bodywork[1]. The cars ranged from a two-cylinder 10 hp chassis to a six-cylinder 30 hp model[2]. Rolls handled selling the completed cars to the public[3]

1905 Opened premises in Conduit Street; kept the repair shops at Lillie Road, Fulham

1905 July. Announced the 4-cylinder 24/30-hp 'Rolls Bus'.

Agents for Panhard, Orleans Motor Co and Minerva

1905 November: At the 1905 Motor Show (Olympia) they exhibited the New all-British Rolls-Royce Motor Car with a 10-hp 7-seater £1,000 Pullman limousine and a 15-hp 3-cylinder 'Silent Laudaulette'. They also showed cars from Minerva and Orleans. [4]

1906 March Rolls-Royce was established. December - New shares issued of £200,000 to increase the capital with a view of enlarging the works, and to acquire the business of C. S. Rolls and Co. [5]


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times (London, England), 1906
  2. The Early History of Motoring by Claude Johnson
  3. The Times, Dec 18, 1906
  4. Why Not? The Story of Charles Stewart Rolls by David Baines. Published 2007. ISBN 13 978-1-85443-224-7
  5. The Times, Monday, Dec 17, 1906
  • Why Not? The Story of Charles Stewart Rolls by David Baines. Published 2007. ISBN 13 978-1-85443-224-7