Luxury Automobiles: Luxury Cars Presented by the Fashion Brand Directory
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automobiles are different then simply an expensive car.
Clearly hot rods and collectible cars are very expensive. However, we
would not consider them all to be luxury autos. In this section of the
Fashion Brand Directory, we are listing fashionable autos that we
believe to be truly luxurious.
Bentley Motors was founded by W.O. Bentley in 1919 when the first Bentley engine burst into life at New Street Mews, London. From these modest beginnings, W.O’s company went from strength to strength through the 1920s, with an evolving series of acclaimed motor cars and a parade of racing triumphs to prove their outstanding performance. These laurels were capped with five outright victories at Le Mans between 1924 - 1930 and a sixth in 2003. If we had mission statements in those days, it could not have been expressed more eloquently than in the words of W.O. himself, “To build a good car, a fast car, the best in class”. These words are just as relevant today as they continue to inform our beliefs, actions and ambitions for the future. Located in Crewe, England since 1946 and owned since 1998 by Volkswagen AG, Bentley Motors is dedicated to making responsive and powerful Grand Tourers with the stamina to cross continents at pace, and drive in refined comfort and style.
Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., commonly referred to as Lamborghini, is an Italian manufacturer of sports cars, based in the small Italian village of Sant'Agata Bolognese, near Bologna. The company was founded in 1962 by businessman Ferruccio Lamborghini, who owned a successful tractor factory, Lamborghini Trattori S.p.A.. Founded by Ferruccio Lamborghini, Lamborghini started out as a tractor building company in the Italian village of Sant'Agata Bolognese. However, Ferruccio Lamborghini's priorities changed when he went to meet Enzo Ferrari at the Ferrari factory to complain about the quality of the clutch in his Ferrari 250
Ferrari S.p.A. is an Italian sports car manufacturer based in Maranello, Italy. Founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929 as Scuderia Ferrari, the company sponsored drivers and manufactured race cars before moving into production of street-legal vehicles in 1947 as Ferrari S.p.A.. Throughout its history, the company has been noted for its continued participation in racing, especially in Formula One, where it has enjoyed great success. After years of financial struggles, Enzo Ferrari sold the company's sports car division to the Fiat group in 1969 to ensure continued financial backing. Enzo Ferrari retained control of the racing division until his death in 1988 at the age of 90. Earlier that year he had overseen the launch of the Ferrari F40; the last new Ferrari to be launched before his death, and arguably one of the most famous supercars ever made.
Frederick Henry Royce was born near Peterborough, in Cambridgeshire, England on 27th March 1863. His interest in engineering was sparked at 14 years of age, when he started an apprenticeship at the nearby Great Northern Railway Works, but by 19 he had already started his own manufacturing company, with friend Ernest Claremont. The business was successful, and by 1903 Royce could afford to buy his first car – a second-hand French Decauville. Though typical of the cars of the day, Royce was dissatisfied with the standards of construction and workmanship, and began building his own car, using the Decauville as the starting point.
He went on to build three cars in total, Claremont and another friend, Henry Edmunds using the others. Edmunds was extremely pleased with his car, and told his friend, Claude Johnson, all about it. News eventually filtered through to Johnson’s boss, Charles Rolls, and a meeting was arranged for Rolls and Royce to meet at the Midland Hotel, Manchester. The pair agreed on a deal: Rolls gaining the exclusive rights to sell all the cars Royce could produce.
The newly founded Rolls-Royce Motor Cars made its international debut at the Paris Salon of 1904, exhibiting two-, three-and-four cylinder cars of standard-setting quality. Within three years Royce’s engineering genius had created the Silver Ghost, a car of legendary smoothness and, thanks to completing a 14,371-mile run virtually non-stop, unprecedented reliability.
In 1980 British defense company, Vickers plc
bought the car division, and continued to produce Rolls-Royce and
Bentley cars until 1998, when it was sold to Volkswagen. While VW took
control of Bentley and the Crewe factory, Rolls-Royce was bought by BMW
Group, at which point work began on building a new project team, finding
a Greenfield site and building a new factory, and designing an all-new
world-beating car - the Phantom - which was launched on Jan 1st 2003.