2015 Rolls Royce Ghost by Rolls-Royce North America

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sir henry royce frederick henry royce was born in alwalton peterborough in 1863 the youngest of five children royce moved to london to support his impoverished family he began by selling newspapers for whsmith son and then became a telegraph boy for the post office delivering telegrams around the west end of london it is even suggested that he delivered congratulatory telegrams to lord and lady llangattock on the birth of their son charles in mayfair in 1877 the 14-year-old royce’s fortunes changed when an aunt offered to pay for an apprenticeship at the great northern railway works in peterborough working under the influence of one of the outstanding engineers of the day royce took every available opportunity to improve his education spending his evenings studying algebra french and electrical engineering with a natural talent for engineering emerging he found a job with the electric light and power company in london and later moved to their liverpool branch 12 13 in 1884 at the age of just 21 he started his own business f h royce and company with his friend and fellow engineer ernest claremont they put £70 of their own money into the venture and worked around the clock manufacturing small electrical components such as doorbells dynamos and light fittings indeed the improvements royce made and patented to the bayonet light bulb fitting are still in use royce became interested in producing motor cars after replacing his de dion quadricycle with a second-hand twocylinder french decauville while initially impressed he soon became dissatisfied with its standard of construction and reliability and characteristically decided he could do better he began work in the corner of the cooke street works of the newly named royce co ltd and by the end of 1903 had designed and built his first petrol engine on friday 1 april 1904 royce left the factory to the cheers of the workforce at the wheel of the first royce motor car a 10 hp.