Rolls-Royce (car)

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The Rolls Royce mascot "The Spirit of Ecstasy"

A Rolls-Royce car may refer to vehicles produced by:

  • Rolls-Royce Limited (1906–73)
  • Rolls-Royce Motors (1973–2003), which was owned by Vickers between 1980 and 1998, and after that by Volkswagen. Since 2003, this company has been known as Bentley Motors Limited, a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group
  • Rolls-Royce Motor Cars (2003–present), a subsidiary of the BMW Group


Rolls-Royce Limited vehicles

Bentley models (from 1933)

  • 1933–37 Bentley 3½ L
  • 1936–39 Bentley 4¼ L
  • 1940–40 Bentley 4¼ L Mark V

Rolls-Royce Motors vehicles

Bentley models were produced mostly in parallel with the above cars. The Bentley Continental coupés (produced in various forms from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s) did not have Rolls-Royce equivalents. Very expensive Rolls-Royce Phantom limousines were also produced.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars vehicles

Rolls-Royce in popular culture

Rolls-Royces have often been used in popular culture as a stereotypical signifier of wealthy people, particularly millionaires. Examples include the one driven by the eccentric millionaire in the film City Lights (1931), starring Charlie Chaplin, and the titular 'star' of The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1964). The many rich fictional villains to drive Rolls-Royces include One Hundred and One Dalmatians' Cruella de Vil (she careers around dangerously in a long, red 'Roller') and Auric Goldfinger (who smuggles gold by replacing the vehicle's bodywork). Less notoriously, Lady Penelope is chauffeured around in FAB1, a futuristic pink Rolls in all versions of Thunderbirds.