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Rolls-Royce, Handbook for Rolls-Royce Phantom I 1978 edition by The Rolls-Royce Owners' Club

Rolls-Royce, Handbook for Rolls-Royce Phantom I 1978 edition by The Rolls-Royce Owners' Club

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Rolls-Royce, Handbook for Rolls-Royce Phantom I 1978 edition by The Rolls-Royce Owners' Club

Rolls-Royce Ltd. was an English company in the automotive and aeronautical sector active under this name until 1973, when the English government, then owner of the entire British automotive sector, decided to divide these latter activities which were flourishing and they towed the whole group, from the aeronautical activities which, on the contrary, were in financial crisis due to the development of the RB211 jet engine; Thus, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars for the automotive sector were born, while Rolls-Royce Ltd. would go on to develop and produce aircraft engines. Rolls-Royce Ltd was officially founded on 15 March 1906 and found, however, its foundations in the agreement reached on 4 May 1904 by the aristocrat Charles Rolls and the engineer Sir. Henry Royce. The meeting organized in Manchester by Ernest Claremont, Royce's partner in Royce Ltd, led to the agreement that Rolls would handle the sales of cars designed and built by Royce. An agreement which soon led to the creation of the automobile company which is still today synonymous with quality and reliability, principles on which Rolls-Royce has always been based and which derive from Sir's spasmodic and constant search for perfection. Henry Royce. If the birth of Rolls-Royce is due to the aristocrat Charles Rolls and Sir. Henry Royce, the survival of the company, on the other hand, is certainly due to Claude Johnson who was the real business man of the company or even more the hyphen between the writings Rolls and Royce. Claude Johnson had Henry Royce's health very close to heart, in fact, when the latter fell seriously ill for the second time in 1910 it was Johnson who prevented Royce from continuing to spend whole days at work without rest and eating, Royce's consolidated habit which was also the cause of his death in 1933. Claude Johnson also gave input to Sir. Henry Royce to start the aeronautical business, set up the team of "inspectors" who would periodically check, at the owners of Rolls-Royce, how the drivers took care of the English cars they drove and was also the creator of the Class Driver Demonstration, training academy for expert Rolls-Royce drivers and above all aimed at Rolls-Royce drivers with no or little experience in driving and car maintenance. The inspection system was set up in 1908 when Claude Johnson returning from visiting the customer Mr. Barclay (Barclays Bank) was struck by the good condition in which the customer's Rolls-Royce 30 HP was kept but was very banned from driving his chauffeur . The consequence of this visit was the decision to offer a cash prize of £25 to the top 10 drivers who, in the opinion of the inspectors, have been the best at looking after their cars in the 12 months preceding the visit, the prize was then replaced by a full-fledged Certificate of Merit with a cash prize to all Rolls-Royce chauffeurs who would be promoted to Inspector's Checks for a two-year period. In 1910, however, the Class Driver Demonstration was opened which initially provided for a 6-day course for expert drivers, while for beginners the course lasted 3 or 4 weeks. In the years following its establishment, the courses offered by the academy changed and in 1930 they also included for the first time the Owners' Handbook for Rolls-Royce owners which are still used by the British car manufacturer today.

Owners' handbook third edition of 1978 for Rolls-Royce Phantom I revised and reprinted by The Rolls-Royce Owners' Club, in excellent condition, are, however, present signs of the time as visible from the photographs, complete with all pages

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