If there is one British brand speaking to 'Great' Britain more forcefully than Her Royal Highness, it's Rolls-Royce. While now owned by BMW, there are few things more British - OK, maybe the Beatles or Stones - than R (with a hyphen) R, founded by partners Henry Royce and Charles Rolls in 1906. Henry was the engineer, while Rolls handled marketing; true believers would much rather call the marque 'Royce' if forced to use the singular. Established with a reputation for no-nonsense over-engineering, the company's chassis were inevitably clothed in the industry's most lavish bodywork. And with Great Britain's extended network of colonies, the Rolls-Royce brand was soon seen throughout the world. Having rested on its well padded laurels for much of the '90s, the acquisition by BMW has catapulted the lineup fully into the 21st century.
If shopping for a Rolls-Royce you should both bring a letter of credit and, if truth be told, a modicum of patience, as you'll probably not find what you want amongst the concessionaire's inventory. Rather, you'll want to order, and whether you're spec'ing the entry-level Ghost ($300K and up), or opting for the Betty-Bar-The-Door Phantom Drophead Coupe ($500,000 might take care of it), you'll probably need to wait; thankfully, there's always Uber. Most fun? Probably any-of-the-above's backseat.
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