SPAIN. Thermal ATM issues  2OO1 T53 (61)
Vintage cars (4). ROLLS ROYCE S.G. 1919 (CASC)
Date of issue :
October 2001 (1st date of use : 22.10.01, Phil. Service)
47 x 27 mm. - Format type 2
Paper :
Thermal phosphorescent self adhesive
Printing process : Offset
Imprint :
Thermal on black
Values / Set :
1 to 9999 Pts / Set Ph. S.: 30-40-75 Pts
Design and printer :
FNMT- Fabrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre / OVELAR,S.A.
Reference / Printing :
91101 / 50.889.600 labels
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Fourth issue of the ATM set dedicated to the vintage cars.

The British aristocratic Hon. Charles Stuart Rolls, adventurer and entrepreneur, he was one of the more important and audacious races pilots of its time.
He also knew very well the accommodated classes and he was convinced that existed a huge market for the great luxury automobiles. He was hugely impressed by the precision he found in Mr. Royce's first, two cylinder prototype, and they presented in December 1904 the first model of new Rolls-Royce company in Paris Car Exhibition.

Since then the Rolls-Royce was already distinguished by the classic grill of the radiator, consequence of the interest of Ch. S. Rolls by the Greek architecture.

Hon. Charles Stuart Rolls, enthusiastic aviator, died in a biplane accident in 1910. In this year all the Rolls-Royce cars incorporated the famous Spirit of Ecstasy as a radiator mascot. The sculpture was a special work of the young artist Charles Sykes, and had been modelled on the graceful shape of Eleanor Thornton, secretary (and mistress) of Claude Johnson, then managing director of Rolls Royce Motor Cars.

The company was concerned to note that some owners were affixing "inappropriate" ornaments and Claude Johnson was asked to see to the commissioning of something more suitably dignified and graceful. In the United States the mascot is called The Flying Lady.

The definitive success for the company would arrive with the Silver Ghost or S.G. (after the ATM text), of which 2.699 units between 1906 and 1925 were manufactured (in Crewe, UK and from 1921 also in the US factory).
With a 6 cylinder in line engine, it was a smooth and silent car and that by its technical refinement and elegance of design considered "The King's car", maybe the best car in the world ...
Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, 1915

Later other car models suited; the Phantoms, from 1925, Silver Dawn (1949), Silver Cloud (1955), Silver Shadow (1965), Silver Spirit and the limousine Silver Spur (1980), Silver Seraph, Corniche, ...

F. H. Royce
died in 1933 and the Rolls Royce company also manufactured aviation motors; The 1939 provided to the RAF most of the motors for its air planes.

With their customer of Kings, Princes and rich people, the mythical car company have been from their foundation a symbol of distinction anywhere in the world and its vehicles synonymous of perfection and comfort.

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