She was the Oscar-winning screen goddess with a beloved Rolls Royce nicknamed the Green Goddess. Now Elizabeth Taylor’s 1960s car, a convertible that epitomes her style and glamour, is coming up for sale. The Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II has had only two owners in 58 years, clocking up a mere 40,644 miles. Without its link to an iconic star, this rare automobile might be worth around $700,000. Such is Taylor’s enduring fame that it could change hands for as much as $7 million at its auction in August. This is no ordinary car. It was custom-made for the star of classic films such as Cat On a Hot Tin Roof and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, whose director, Mike Nichols, described her as “one of the greatest cinema actresses”. Beyond a personalised number plate – LIZSC2 - Taylor had its “smoke green” colour specially created for her. She wanted it to match the shade of the wedding-dress that she had worn in … [Read more...] about Liz Taylor’s beloved Rolls Royce made in green to complement her wedding dress could fetch $7 million at auction
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Bankrupt playboy James Stunt parked his Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe on the pavement outside the Hilton Hotel on London's Park Lane. Stunt's car was outside the entrance to the ballroom which is on Hertford Street. He left the car on the pavement to avoid yellow lines on the side of the street. His appearance was just hours after he was made insolvent claiming he was 'the richest person ever to be made bankrupt'. James Stunt's 2015 Rolls-Royce Phantom was parked last night on the pavement outside the Park Lane Hilton. The driver risked a parking ticket by ignoring the double yellow lines James Stunt, pictured right in 2015 along with Petra Ecclestone, left, claimed he was 'the richest person ever to be made bankrupt Traffic wardens put parking tickets on several of Stunt's cars outside his house in Belgravia Outside his £11.5million London home, Stunt had several of his supercars hit with parking tickets. Speaking earlier, Stunt said 'I'm going to … [Read more...] about Partying on, James? Rolls-Royce belonging to Petra Ecclestone’s ex James Stunt is spotted outside nightclub after he laughed off money woes by claiming he’s ‘the richest man ever made bankrupt’
Sir David Plastow, who has died aged 87, led a renaissance of Rolls-Royce Motors after the collapse of its parent and took the historic car company into a successful merger with the Vickers engineering group, of which he became chief executive and chairman. Plastow was only 38 when he was promoted to managing director of Rolls-Royce’s cars division on January 1 1971. It was just ahead of the planned unveiling of the Corniche model – and, as it turned out, a month before the dramatic fall into receivership (and subsequent nationalisation) of the parent company, whose larger business was in aero engine manufacture, and whose finances had been overstretched by the development of the RB211 engine.... … [Read more...] about Sir David Plastow, formidable businessman who revived the fortunes of Rolls-Royce in the turbulent 1970s – obituary
Engineering behemoth targets electric aerial speed record in bold leap towards battery-powered aircraft On Thursday morning, a sleepy airfield in Gloucestershire will get a vision of the future of flight when Rolls-Royce reveals the aircraft it hopes will claim a new record for the historic company. Instead of burning aviation fuel to take to the skies, the aircraft – known as Accel – will harness electrons. It has been created with what Rolls claims is the most powerful battery ever put in an aircraft and the aim of smashing the existing 213mph speed record for an aircraft powered by electricity. Rolls will target a top speed of 300mph. It is cutting-edge engineering that signals the hopes... … [Read more...] about Will Rolls-Royce’s new all-electric aircraft pave the way for the company, and industry’s, electric future?
The boss of Rolls-Royce says it is as “match fit as can be” for Brexit, but production could still be disrupted by the UK crashing out of the EU without a trade deal. Chief executive Warren East raised the prospect of the company not being able to build the aircraft engines that make up the bulk of its business in the event of a hard Brexit. “We’ve spent £100m on preparations, such as stockpiling and logistics, and we are not a ‘just in time’ business which depends on supplies so we have a bit of a buffer,” he said. “But we cannot guarantee everything; we have thousands of suppliers and we have talked to all of them about contingency planning. When you screw together 5,000 parts to make an engine... … [Read more...] about Rolls-Royce ‘as prepared as possible’ for Brexit as losses narrow