The origins of Rolls-Royce
Rolls-Royce Ltd was created over a famous lunch in May 1904. Henry Royce, a successful engineer, made a deal with Charles Rolls, one of the first car dealers in the UK, to build a car named Silver Ghost - the rest is history. Just three years after this groundbreaking moment in 1907, Rolls-Royce produced Silver Ghost, the car that established the brand's legendary status. After flawlessly completing the mountain test in 1913 - a trip of 14,371 miles through some of the toughest mountain terrains in the UK - Silver Ghost demonstrated such a degree of comfort and reliability that critics evaluated it as the 'The Best Car in the World'.
The story behind the Bentley
The story of Bentley dates back to 1919 when W.O. Bentley and his brother H.M. Bentley founded Bentley. W.O. had always dreamt of building his own cars. Soon he fulfilled his dream and founded what would become one of the most desirable luxury brands in the world. After the victory with Bentley 3 Litre Sport at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1924, Bentley proved to be a big hit amongst wealthy British motorists.
Sir William Lions, Jaguar and Daimler
As a 20-year-old motorcycle enthusiast in England, William Lyons launched the Swallow Sidecar Company in 1922 with his friend William Walmsley. The first car to bear the name Jaguar appeared at the London Auto Show in 1935. Daimler subsequently bought Jaguar which became the prestige brand. The royal family frequently drive Daimler - that is of course when they're not driving Rolls-Royce or Bentley.
A brief history of Aston Martin
Aston Martin was founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford. The two had joined forces as Bamford & Martin the previous year to sell cars made by Singer. Martin raced specials at Aston Hill near Aston Clinton, and the pair decided to make their own vehicles. The first car to be named Aston Martin was created by Martin by fitting a four-cylinder engine to the chassis of a 1908 Isotta-Fraschini. They produced their first car in March 1915 but production couldn't start because of the outbreak of World War I. After the war, the company was refounded and a new car was designed to carry the Aston-Martin name. In 1922, Bamford & Martin produced cars to compete in the French Grand Prix, which went on to set world speed and endurance records.