Rolls, The Hon. Charles Stewart

b. 28 August 1877 London, England
d. 12 July 1910 Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.
English motorist, aviator and automobile manufacturer.
The son of a baron, Rolls drove cars such as Panhards and Mors from 1895. He was educated at Cambridge University, and set up in business selling French and Belgian cars. Henry Royce's third car was built for a director of Royce Ltd, Henry Edwards, who was a friend of Rolls. A meeting was arranged between Royce and Rolls and, in 1904, they formed a partnership. From 1907. Rolls was selling the 40/50 hp RollsRoyce Ghost from his London showroom; in 1908. the factory moved to Derby. Rolls took up flying and crossed the English Channel in a balloon in 1906, and in June 1910 he crossed it by plane. In the following month, he was killed when the plane he was piloting crashed.
Further Reading
J.J.Fucini and S.Fucini, 1985, Entrepreneurs, Boston: C.K.Hall \& Co.

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