Rolls Royce 1976
In 1906, the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost was hailed as "the best car in the world" and today Rolls-Royce Motors still maintain standards of design and construction which justify the continuance of this accolade. But how have these standards been maintained? How has this reputation been carried over such a long period of production? The answer undoubtedly lies in the care with which every car is built and the fact that the company has moved with the times. Rolls-Royce has never stood still.
The current Rolls-Royce range of motor cars is built with meticulous attention to detail. The bodyshell, for instance, receives at least twelve applications of primer and paint, each rubbed and polished until the highest possible standard of finish is obtained. The 675occ V8 engine fitted to all cars except the Phantom VI is run for the equivalent of 240 km (150 miles) on natural gas on the test bed, during which a tester listens for unnatural variations in noise with a stethoscope. The independent suspension has a sensitive self-levelling system which even compensates for the gradual emptying of the fuel tank. The multiple braking system is designed to ensure that braking remains on all four wheels in the event of the failure of one circuit. The automatic three speed torque converter transmission, operated by a unique electric gear selector, gives the car almost imperceptible gear changes. And the air conditioning system has the cooling capacity of 6o domestic refrigerators and pours out as much heat as four domestic radiators.
The interior of every Rolls-Royce motor car reflects the same fastidious care. The door locks, windows, front seats, the retractable aerial and the petrol filler flap, for instance, are all electrically operated and they can all be controlled from the driving seat. Stereo radio and quadraphonic tape playing equipment are fitted as standard equipment. Italian burr walnut veneers are used for the facia panels and door trims and they are coated with lacquer, hand polished and joined down a centre line to produce a perfect mirror image on either side of the car. The seats and door panels are covered in the finest English leather and the forty five skilled coach trimmers take great pains to ensure that the hides for each seat are perfectly matched for colour and texture. And, finally, the famous Rolls-Royce radiator is made entirely by hand. The columns may look straight but they are in fact slightly bowed, an effect the Greeks called 'entasis' and built into the Parthenon. All this, naturally, makes the building of a Rolls-Royce motor car a very long and involved process, with the result that only ten cars are produced each day. A fact which makes the 'best car in the world' also one of the most exclusive.
The 2-door Camargue is the latest motor car in the Rolls-Royce range and it has many new features. The most important is the unique automatic air conditioning system designed by Rolls-Royce Motors. This is a two level system, with separate temperature controls for the upper and lower levels, and the unit maintains the chosen temperature inside the car no matter what climatic changes occur. The coachwork for the new Camargue was designed by Pininfarina of Turin and each one is hand built and finished by Mulliner Park Ward.
The Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow is built by Rolls-Royce Motors in two different versions: the Silver Shadow saloon and the Silver Shadow long wheelbase saloon. The long wheelbase version is longer by 10 cm (four inches) which gives even more leg room in the rear than normal. A separating division can also be specified allowing passengers in both compartments complete privacy.
The Rolls-Royce Corniche is a two door motor car fitted with an uprated version of the 675occ V8 engine used in the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow.The coachwork is by Mulliner Park Ward. The convertible model has an electrically operated hood which takes one man a week to make. And to match the more sporting character of the Corniche, additional instruments are fitted in the facia.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom VI, fittedwith a 6230cc V8 engine has style and elegance in the classic Rolls-Royce tradition. The coachwork by Mulliner Park Ward is 604cm (19 ft 10 in) long and offers exceptional comfort for seven passengers. In the rear compartment, provision is made for both television and radio telephone installations and a cocktail cabinet is fitted as standard. The Phantom VI is also available as a Special Landaulette.This model is designed specifically for state occasions and has an electrically operated folding hood over the rear compartment. The Phantom VI Special Landaulette is built only to special order and production is strictly limited.