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1904 Frederick Henry Royce made his first car, a Royce, in his workshop in Cook Street, Manchester with the help of apprentices George Eric Platford and Tom Haldenby. The engine was a vertical tandem two-cylinder with 95mm bore and 127mm stroke. It had three-speeds and a reverse.
1904 April 1st. First trial run of the car
1904 May 4th. He was introduced to Charles Stewart Rolls at the Midland Hotel in Manchester and the pair agreed to a deal where Royce would manufacture cars, to be sold exclusively by Rolls. A clause was added to the contract stipulating the cars would be called Rolls-Royce.
1904 Engine (10 hp) made by Royce Motors at the Cook Street factory. Exhibit at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry.
1905 March. Rolls-Royce car mentioned in advert in The Times. 
1905 August. Details of the T.T. car.
1905 October. Details of two eight-cylinder models.
1905 November. Details of the eight-cylinder Landaulet.
1905 December. Details of the 20-hp T.T. car.
1905 Royce works on a V8 flat engine for a bonnetless town-carriage but it was never completed
1906 The Silver Ghost (1906-1925) was responsible for the company's early reputation. It had a 6-cylinder engine; 6,173 cars were built.
1906 May. Monte Carlo-London record
1906 Rolls wins the 1906 Tourist Trophy Race at an average 40 mph and 25 mpg
1906 Rolls take the car to New York and wins a race at the Empire City Track
1906 November. Details of their 40-45 hp cars.
1906 Motor Show they exhibited two 40/50 but the press were not given a trial until the following April
1907 July. The 40/50 car takes the 15,000 miles record (finished 8th August) including the 1907 Scottish Reliability Trial. Also Non-stop record
1907 Autumn. A seven-seater 40/50 was voted the most handsome car at the 1907 New York Motor Show
1907 Six-cylinder 40/50 car was submitted to a series of tests by the RAC which included a total of 2,000 miles
1908 July. Opening of new Derby factory - details.
1908 Ran a 15,000 mile trial under RAC scrutiny in a 40/50 Silver Ghost and the drivers were Rolls, Johnson, George Eric Platford and R. J. Mecredy. This car was later purchased by Dan Hanbury and ran well for another 350,000 miles.
1908 Ernest Hives joins the company as a tester. Briefly worked for them before in 1903
1908 March. At a Board Meeting Claude Johnson persuade the board to adopt the 'one-model' policy
1908 Two 70hp cars named White Knave and Silent Rogue were entered in the International Touring Car Trial. White Knave broke a piston but Percy Northey won his class.
1909 June. Details of improvements made.
1911 Silver Ghost driven from London to Edinburgh and back in top gear with a petrol consumption of 24.32 mpg. The same car was then driven at Brooklands with adjustment and attained a speed of 78.26 mph. 
1913 July. Details of a trial with the 40-50hp car.
1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices see the 1917 Red Book
1914 September. Supplied chassis for armoured cars
1914 Listed as motor car manufacturers. Speciality: British-made six cylinder Rolls-Royce cars. 
1920 November. Exhibited at the Motor Car Show at Olympia and the White City with three cars all with the 40-50 hp six-cylinder engine. 
1921 The company opened a second factory in Springfield, Massachusetts (in the United States to help meet demand), where a further 1,701 "Springfield Ghosts" were built. This factory operated for 10 years, closing in 1931. Its chassis was used as a basis for the first British armoured car used in both world wars. In the 1920s Charles Jenner chief engine draughtsman. Day oversaw chassis design and Ivan Everden coordinated the work of the chassis engineers and the coachbuilding companies that bodied the chassis.
1922 The Bombay to Poona reliability trials and hill-climbing contest resulted in three Rolls-Royce cars finishing first, second and third. The fastest time was made by a Rolls-Royce landaulette, which ran up the Ghauts in 11 minutes.
1925 The first of the Phantoms appeared
1929 Won the Schneider trophy
1925 2nd May. The New Phantom model introduced 
1931 The company acquired rival car maker Bentley, whose finances were unable to weather the Great Depression. From then until 2002, Bentley and Rolls-Royce cars were often identical apart from the radiator grille and minor details.
1946 Rolls-Royce and Bentley car production moved to Crewe.
1951 Exhibitor at the 1951 Motor Show in the Car Section.
1959 It opened at Mulliner Park Ward, London as the company started to build bodies for its cars for the first time: previously it had built only the chassis, leaving the bodies to specialist coach-builders.
1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Showed Phantom V and Silver Cloud III. 
List of Models