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Rolls-Royce: A Brief History, Part One

The history of the Rolls-Royce car manufacturing company is a complicated one. Today, the multiple buy-outs, subtle renamings and divisions that the marque has undergone since its founding in 1906 has resulted in the current Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited’s having very little connection with the original company. Today’s company dates from 2003 and is owned […]

Driving Your Classic – Our Thoughts on Great Driving Roads in Europe…

For many of our customers here at Fiennes Classics, nothing beats starting out in a classic car on a route that seems made for the driver. Elsewhere on the website we have looked at some of the best routes on offer in the UK, but for the adventurous classic motorist who wants to go a […]

Driving your Classic – our thoughts on great UK driving roads…

At Fiennes Classics we believe that a classic car deserves to be driven – good for the car and good for the owner. So here are a few of our tips for great driving roads for your pride and joy, some close to our workshops, some farther afield. The Cotswolds (Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire). We may […]

The Spirit of Ecstasy – a brief history

The Spirit of Ecstasy needs no introduction. An iconic symbol of class, elegance and  remarkable craftsmanship in the automobile world. But where did this striking mascot originate? When the first Rolls-Royce was unveiled at the Paris Salon in December 1904, they didn’t have a mascot on the radiator but instead had the Rolls-Royce emblem. But […]

The Creation of a Coachbuilder –
Meet Our Team

In the early days of automotive engineering, every pre-war Rolls-Royce and Bentley chassis that left these famous manufacturers’ mechanical workshops were sent to one of several specialist coachbuilders for a body to be made that was individually hand crafted, with bespoke features for the commissioning customer. Over the years, the technical information relating to the […]

Meet our new Project Coordinator, Jason Kew

Fiennes Classics are pleased to welcome our new Projects Coordinator, Jason Kew. Jason is not only extremely enthusiastic about his job, he is also a racer with a string of titles to his name. We’d like to take some time to introduce you to him: Jason started his career at the age of 14 working […]

Fiennes & Car SOS
– Behind the Scenes

Car SOS is an incredibly popular TV programme on National Geographic that began in 2013 and is now in its 9th Series. Presented by Tim Shaw and Fuzz Townshend it has captured the hearts and imagination of viewers by restoring vehicles that have been nominated by a relative or friend without the knowledge of their […]

The story behind the
1993 Alpine Rally

The Austrian Alpine Rally or Alpenfahrt was first staged in 1910 and the circuitous route from Vienna across Austria, over the alps, down into Italy and back made it one of the toughest of its time. Perhaps the one with the greatest British significance was that of 1913 won by a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost driven […]

Will Fiennes & making parts
– in his own words

In 1971 as a result of escalating costs incurred in the development of the RB211 jet engine Rolls-Royce was bankrupt.  The aero-engine business was nationalised and the then profitable car business passed to a new company, eventually to be sold to Vickers.  It was important to maintain the profitability and within this scheme the needs […]