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  • - Pip pip good boy, you fancy a snog in the loo?
  • Oi, don't be a berk.
  • Me's only joshin'.
  • You don't have to go to uni to recognize
  • this old automate.
  • They calls it the Spirit of Ecstasy, they does.
  • This fit bird is the Queen's knickers,
  • a fancy pants in dependability, it is.
  • This is everything you need to know
  • to get up to speed on Rolls-Royce.
  • In 1904, engineer Henry Royce met businessman
  • slash car enthusiast Charles Rolls
  • in a quaint Manchester hotel for a spot of tea
  • and to pow-wow about Rolls-Royce's first car.
  • The Royce 10 was powered by a two-cylinder gasoline engine
  • with, you guessed it, 10 very British ponies under the hood.
  • I think they call them Shetlands.
  • Driving was more of a hobby for the rich
  • than an actual mode of transportation.
  • But Royce's cars were nothing like their competition.
  • That's because they were built
  • under his strict code, just like the Night's Watch.
  • "Strive for perfection in everything you do.
  • "Take the best that exists and make it better.
  • "When it does not exist, design it.
  • "Accept nothing nearly right or good enough."
  • Sick.
  • Charles Rolls was a cylinder snob,
  • who preferred four or six-cylinder cars.
  • But he couldn't believe how remarkably smooth and quiet
  • Royce's cars were.
  • Rolls set aside his borewhore ways
  • and told Royce, "If you build 'em, then I'll sell 'em."
  • And thus, Rolls-Royce was born.
  • In 1906, Rolls-Royce debuted their first major car design
  • named the 40/50
  • because that was the car's taxable hrsprs.
  • The seven liter, six-cylinder engine
  • was way ahead of its time,
  • relying on pressurized engine lubrication,
  • dual ignition, and advanced carburetion
  • to give the car both a flexible and smooth power delivery.
  • We're talking Kenny G smooth.
  • The car was released in 1907,
  • and to prove how reliable it was, Claude Johnson,
  • the commercial and managing director of Rolls-Royce,
  • ordered one of the cars to be built with
  • silver plated fittings.
  • It was nicknamed Silver Ghost.
  • The Silver Ghost was driven 15,000 miles
  • and never broke down.
  • Even the people at Mercedes Benz were like.
  • "Sacre bleu."
  • Because it was so unbelievable,
  • they forgot what holy crap was in German.
  • The 40/50 became the pinnacle of automotive reliability.
  • Wealthy people from all over the world
  • lined up to pay the whopping, unheard of $4000 for the car.
  • In today's money, to be fair, that's like 105 grand.
  • And that was just for the rolling chassis.
  • You then had to take the car to a coachbuilder
  • and drop another 50 to 100 grand on the doors,
  • seats, and body panels.
  • Well, these rich bastards, they didn't care,
  • and as Henry Royce used to say,
  • "The quality will remain long after the price is forgotten."
  • In 1913, the 40/50 finished
  • the grueling 1820-mile rally known as Alpenfahrt.
  • Alpenfahrt?
  • Alpenfiat.
  • And by 1914, even the British military was buying them
  • because they were literally built like tanks.
  • After being crowned the king of reliability,
  • Rolls-Royce set their sights on becoming
  • the king of power and speed.
  • In the late 1920s, they designed their legendary
  • R engine.
  • It was originally made for air racing purposes.
  • It's tough shoving a 37 liter V12 2800 hrsprs
  • engine under the hood of a car,
  • but in a plane, the R engine helped
  • the submarine S.6B prop plane become
  • the fastest machine on Earth
  • when it flew 407.5 miles per hour.
  • That's jet propulsion speed.
  • Also, why name a plane which is awesome
  • after a submarine which is less awesome?
  • But also equally as awesome
  • because the water is just like the sky for underground.
  • Car enthusiast, Sir Malcolm Campbell,
  • took notice of the airplane's achievement and was like,
  • "Maybe I can shove that Rolls-Royce engine in a car."
  • So then he did it.
  • And he named the car, Bluebird.
  • In 1935, it became the first car to go over 300 miles
  • per freaking hour in 1935.
  • - On the first gear, Bluebird's capable of
  • going 110 miles an hour.
  • And on second gear, she can do just over 205 miles an hour.
  • - That's faster than any modern Ferrari, McLaren
  • or even a Koenigsegg.
  • What the hell have we been doing for the last 80 years?
  • Colby, put up a picture of this thing.
  • Look at it.
  • It's almost a hundred years old.
  • It went over 300 miles per,
  • did it even have seat belts?
  • Probably not.
  • With Rolls-Royce powering the fastest thing on land
  • and in the air, all that was left was to conquer the sea.
  • In 1938, they completed the trifecta,
  • by setting the water speed record of 103.91 miles per,
  • in a hydroplaning powerboat named the Bluebird K3.
  • Because I guess they ran out of names.
  • After Rolls-Royce had proven it can build the most reliable
  • and the most powerful engines,
  • they set their sights on building the most luxurious cars.
  • The only problem with that was up until this point,
  • they had only made engines and chassis.
  • They didn't make the bodies.
  • So in the late 1930s, they started bringing
  • luxury coachwork companies like Park Ward Limited in house.
  • The infamous Rolls-Royce Wraith was a thing of beauty,
  • just like Big Bro,
  • but was still being produced
  • by several different coachbuilders.
  • In 1949, the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn
  • became the first model to be offered
  • with an actual Rolls-Royce bod on her.
  • It was a thing of elegance and beauty,
  • and its inline six could get up to 94 miles an hour.
  • The Silver Dawn was followed by the Silver Cloud in 1955
  • and marked the beginning of a consistent aesthetic design,
  • which included the giant Parthenon grille
  • and the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament.
  • With body manufacturing sorted out,
  • Rolls-Royce started adding opulent and luxurious components
  • to their cars,
  • things like electric razors and cigar humidors.
  • Rolls-Royce, which once was synonymous with reliability
  • and power, was now thought of primarily
  • as the fanciest vehicle on the road.
  • And anything associated with the car
  • was also considered fancy, be it celebrity,
  • a businessperson, or this yummy yummy brown mustard.
  • - Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?
  • - But of course.
  • - Tres chic.
  • From 1955 through the 70s,
  • Rolls-Royce made bespoked versions of their exclusive cars
  • with relatively few aesthetic changes.
  • Why?
  • Because Rolls-Royce is its own aesthetic.
  • But by the 1980s, failing global markets
  • and shrinking sales turned the once-great automaker
  • into a tragic tale.
  • Rolls-Royce was sold and split and re-sold and re-split
  • over the next two decades.
  • Nobody really knew what to do with the brand.
  • If you're only selling to a few people,
  • how do you stay afloat?
  • Finally, in 1998, BMW took over Rolls-Royce
  • minus the Spirit of Ecstasy mascot.
  • They could only borrow that which they did
  • for 40 million dollars.
  • And in 2003, Rolls-Royce opened its brand new
  • Goodwood plant in Sussex, England
  • and totally redeemed itself.
  • The new Rolls-Royce was like, "If you want to buy, like,
  • "a kind of fancy car, you can go buy a Cadillac,
  • "a Lexus, a Mercedes.
  • "But if you want to drop a deuce in the executive bathroom,
  • "you can buy a Rolls."
  • In 2003, they demonstrated a recommitment
  • to giving their cars more power.
  • More power, baby.
  • They launched the ultra-luxurious
  • Rolls-Royce Phantom VII in 2003.
  • The car was a marvel of modern engineering,
  • just like George Lucas's Phantom Menace.
  • That's like the best Star Wars movie.
  • The Phantom VII was a game changer for Rolls-Royce
  • with its 6.8 liter V12 engine
  • launching the nearly three-ton vehicle from zero to 60
  • in under six seconds.
  • But it was the highly customizable aspects of the car
  • that made it stand out.
  • It marked a merging of Rolls-Royce's
  • "We make the greatest luxury cars in the world"
  • pedigree with their "We make the most powerful
  • "kick-ass engines" origins.
  • Rolls-Royce realized that their exclusive clients
  • want exclusive cars because nothing's worse
  • than spending a half a million bucks
  • on a car and then seeing a dozen of the same exact car
  • in a parking lot.
  • Believe me, I should know.
  • So Rolls was like, "We give all of our customers
  • "44,000 paint hues to choose from."
  • For the upholstery, the standard leather
  • comes exclusively from Simmental bulls
  • raised in moist regions with rich grasses to graze on
  • so their hides don't dry out.
  • And the interior team doesn't limit the color to a measly
  • 44,000 hues.
  • They will let you pick any color you want,
  • even made up colors like James Pumpernickel Brown.
  • And if you don't like bull hide,
  • you can choose from lots of other materials
  • like ostrich, alligator, even rodent pelts.
  • For trim pieces, there are hundreds of wood
  • and synthetic trims to choose from.
  • If you want something super omega Toblerone fancy,
  • you can have literal diamonds inlaid into the trim.
  • Sure you can choose the color of your $700 door umbrellas
  • and of course the Spirit of Ecstasy comes in your choice of
  • metals or illuminated crystal.
  • But while opulent, all these customizable features
  • don't really change the car.
  • In 2014, Rolls-Royce decided to show the world
  • it could make cars that could handle too.
  • And they unveiled the reimagined Wraith.
  • This entry level Rolls starts at just 317 grand
  • and squeezes 624 horsepower from its V12.
  • It's purposefully lighter and more nimble.
  • Yes, it's an enormous Rolls-Royce,
  • but its more compact wheel base and sportier suspension mean
  • you're gonna want to take it to the canyons
  • instead of your chauffeur.
  • In 2017, Rolls unveiled the most expensive new car
  • in the history of new cars up until this year,
  • the Rolls-Royce Sweptail.
  • They used the privately commissioned 13 million dollar car
  • as a conceptual launching point
  • for the newest bespoke option known as Coachbuild.
  • Their Coachbuild service offers customers
  • who are unrestrained by time or money
  • the opportunity to design and build their own custom Rolls.
  • The ever-present Phantom now makes 563 horsepower
  • from a twin turbo V12.
  • The Ghost II is soldiering on
  • and feels as classically new as it did when it came out.
  • The Wraith is still kicking through corners,
  • and it's been joined by its convertible cousin the Dawn.
  • Nice name, nicer looks.
  • They also have the all black Black Badge edition Wraith
  • that makes 40 more hrsprs
  • for you guys with (bleep) you money and tattoos.
  • They even have an SUV now.
  • The larger Cullinan SUV is everything
  • Rolls-Royce has ever been and more.
  • It's named after the largest diamond ever found,
  • and before you get upset that it's not named after a ghost
  • like the other ones, the diamond is named after
  • Thomas Cullinan and he's dead.
  • The Cullinan is unique among Rollses
  • because of its rear lift gate and all-wheel drive.
  • The new Ghost isn't out yet, but even in its camo coverings,
  • it looks leaner and more aggressive
  • than its earlier brethren and that's saying a lot.
  • Rolls-Royces aren't for everybody, that's clear.
  • But even if you're cruising in some other $500,000 car,
  • if one pulls up next to you, you'll feel that sting
  • of envy, wishing you were driving that Rolls.
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Rolls Royce makes the fanciest cars in the world. BAR. FREAKIN’. NONE. You want diamonds in the dash? Done. Umbrellas in the door? Easy. 0 to 60 in under 5 seconds in a car weighing nearly 3 tons? No problemo Amigo. Join James as he explores the illustrious history of Britain’s most exclusive automaker.

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