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Henry Royce

Sir (Frederick) Henry Royce (March 27, 1863 - April 22, 1933) was a pioneering car manufacturer, who with the Hon. Charles Stewart Rolls founded the Rolls-Royce company.

He was born in Alwalton, Huntingdonshire, near Peterborough.

His first car was a Decauville. It was faulty, so he decided to manufacture his own cars, known as Royce - only three were made (none preserved). Charles Rolls saw one of them and they joined forces to make the Rolls Royce.

On his death, as a sign of mourning, the company permanently changed the colour of the "RR" lettering on the Rolls-Royce badge from red to black.

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