Best of British: 60 things that make Britain great

Imagine you're cut off in a far-off land. What longings would be uppermost in your mind? Here we celebrate those aspects of life that make our islands distinct and beguiling.

55. The Rolls-Royce

The Royal limousine. The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace, London, England, UK.

The Rolls-Royce has been a mark of excellence since the conception of the illustrious motor-car company over a lunch in 1904. The very first model, the Silver Ghost, remained in production from 1907 to 1925. Responsible for first-class aero engines (the Merlin powered the Spitfire) as well as motor cars, Rolls-Royce, although now two separate companies, remains a pinnacle of engineering excellence. It’s been based at Goodwood in West Sussex for 12 years. With models such as the Phantom, the Ghost and the Wraith, it’s enjoying a glorious renaissance.

‘Strive for perfection in everything we do. Take the best that exists and make it better.
When it does not exist, design it’
(Henry Royce)

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