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To appreciate the vision behind Rolls-Royce, it's best to take a look back at its original story. Henry Royce built its first car in 1904. Later that year, the electrical and mechanical business founder met with vehicle company owner Charles Rolls. In 1939, Rolls Royce started making entire cars, before the company used to make only chassis and engines for decades. Defining the brand look, the iconic Rolls-Royce emblem debuted in 1911 and was known to be "The Spirit of Ecstacy''.
Rolls-Royce uses only bull skin for the upholstery for its car. Connoisseurs of pristine upholstery would rave that Rolls Royce uses bull sin for the upholstery for its cars since female cattle are prone to stretch marks during pregnancy. It takes 8 bulls to upholster a single Rolls-Royce. The bulls skin they use for upholstery are raised in the region of Europe - so you can get blemish-free and soft cotton seats to lay on.
Rolls Royce believes in attention to detail, while manufacturing their cars. It takes around 2 months to build a single car. More than 200 aluminium pieces and 300 alloy parts are hand-welded. Upholstery requires 75 square meters of materials and more than 16 days to complete. More than 44,000 colours choices are offered to customer to choose from. With high level of customisation, Rolls Royce brings in exclusivity to each of their cars based on customers preferences.
At Rolls-Royce there is only one person who is entitled to paint the coach line of all the Rolls-Royce cars. Their cars display a penchant for detailing in every corner. This is a meticulousness and remarkable coach line is painted free-hand by Mark Court, who is doing this job from last 17 years. That’s the level of sheer excellence what Rolls Royce believes in.
The next most mind-blowing fact about Rolls-Royce is that around 65% of all the Rolls-Royce motor cars ever built are still on the roads. This talks about the reliability and the quality of their cars that go in at the time of manufacturing. Many auto enthusiasts attribute this to the powerful engine and the meticulous craftsmanship which keeps the car on the road for so long.
Even after being in the automobile market for more than 115 years, Rolls Royce has only 1 SUV in their lineup even now. The Cullinan is a luxury SUV launched globally by Rolls-Royce in 2018. It is also the brand's first all-wheel-drive vehicle they have ever build. SUV is named after the Cullinan diamond, the largest gem-quality diamond ever discovered.
In 2021, Rolls-Royce delivered the highest ever annual sales in its 117-year history by selling 5,586 cars globally. Inspite of Coronavirus pandemic hit year, 2021 turned out to be the best year for the luxury carmaker, their sales went up by 49 percent compared to the previous year 2020. It won’t be a surprise if these numbers are broken in the following years, given the rise in millionaires and billionaires around the world. Rolls Royce will always be an ultimate symbol of success for these young entrepreneurs and celebrities.
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