Thursday, 27 February 2014

A Rolls Royce or Four

This year there were a lot of Rolls Royces on parade at the Art Deco Weekend.  Whilst I'm sure some of you will switch off at the sight of cars I think that there is something beautiful and timeless about these machines.  Rather like good pieces of music (be it Bach or Beatles) they will be around long after we are gone.  After all the newest of these four is 50 years old and the oldest 91 years old.

1923 Rolls Royce 20 horse power
1933 Rolls Royce 20-25 Originally commissioned for an Australian
1933 Rolls Royce 20-25 Originally commissioned for an Australian
1937 Rolls Royce Phantom V12
1937 Rolls Royce Phantom V12
Original air-conditioning!
1964 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III.  With its twin headlights I thought this car was ugly. RR managed some far uglier designs after this.
1964 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III 6.3 l V8

22 comments:

  1. Grand old dames - gotta admire them.

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  2. What a superb weekend. I have often fancied the Goodwood Festival but it is very expensive whilst you get all this free.

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    1. All this and so much more Adrian.

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  3. geweldig mooi de eerste vind ik eigenlijk wel de mooiste.

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    1. Bas, ik kon niet zeggen welke ik het meest.

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  4. Lovely sharp photographs GB. That New Zealand summer light really brings out the colours - plus of course your expert behind-the-lens skills.

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    1. You are too kind YP. I like the light. Adrian would find it far too harsh.

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  5. I like the oldest ones best (to look at). The 1964 one reminds me of Volvos from around the same period... Not the headlights perhaps but the general rounded shapes of it. I was never any good at telling cars apart, but back in those days one could at least tell a Volvo from a Saab or a Volkswagen...( Most modern cars now look much the same to me!)

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    1. PS Blogger keeps eating my comments on your blog lately. I've lost count of how many I've had to rewrite lately!

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    2. Oddly enough Monica I had a Volvo 221 Estate from that era (1965). It was one of the finest cars I have ever owned. I also had a Saab 96 from the same era. Two more dissimilar cars would be hard to imagine. I've not been having that problem although I've had other irritations with comments. I always try and copy long comments before I save.

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    3. Oddly, Monica, as soon as I'd written that my comment boxes refused to function and I had to close the blog and re-start it.

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  6. Rolls Royces were rare here. I don't think I ever saw one!

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    1. I'm not sure about the Canadian market Red but the US market for Rolls Royce cars was the largest outside of the UK I believe and, indeed, the plant in Springfield, Massachusetts is the only place outside of England where RRs have ever been built.

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  7. In my youth, I went to France with a boyfriend in his 1933 Rolls Royce. It was magnificent, and wherever we parked it, people would leave little notes on the windscreen saying was it for sale? They are beautiful cars GB.

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    1. Gosh, Frances, what a lovely experience. I never had a boyfriend like that.

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  8. the cars look all very nice but oh the weather looks fantastic. Can't remember what the hot sun feels like!!!!

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    1. Carol the weather was sublime - late 20s/early 30s with a pleasant breeze.

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  9. Ooohh, I wish someone would take as good care of me - a good polish and a nice rub down every week between the ages of 50 and 91 would be very nice. Ooooo that sounded saucy didn't it!

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    1. It did indeed sound saucy Katherine but it also sounded rather pleasant!

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  10. What lovely close-up photos with lots of details of those beauties.....I especially liked the original air-conditioning.

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    1. Yes Virginia it is rather a good way of improving airflow. The old Austin 7 was similar!

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