History in the Making

History in the Making

      At Rolls-Royce - Mulliner Park Ward Division,
      hands and eyes are still the most important tools, time the most precious resource.
         

    Modern technology has it's place, but as an aid to craftsmanship, never a substitute Thus the track, along which the body shells of the Rolls-Royce and Bentley progressively take shape,has the latest in welding equipment and the most up to date measuring devices which ensure perfect accuracy.

    However sub-assemblies are still welded by hand. Microscopic flaws in panel surfaces continue to be sought out by finger-tipssensitive to almost a micron and persuaded back into shape by a deft tap from the panel-beaters hammer. Gaps between doors (loaded with weights to simulate their fully assembled condition)and apertures are still hand filed to thousandths of an inch.The result is a body constructed to the highest standards, seamless,entirely free of visible panel joins. During the course of the assembly process, the body will become a medium through which other crafts are displayed. Crafts like that of the coach painterfor example. Over a period of days, a perfect finish is produced seemingly fathoms deep, founded on many layers of primers, fillers and anti-corrosion treatments. The work is crowned by the application of decorative coachlines, every one hand painted with an artists fiche.

      Crafts like that of the coach trimmer. Creator of that uniquely sumptuous interior ambience which comes from the bringing together of fourteen fine blemish-free hides(the suppliers have long since learned not to send any other sort), Wilton carpet and rugs of luxurious depth. It is also the coach trimmer who painstakingly arranges, glues and hand sews the woolcloth lining,layers of wadding and fire-resistant covering which constitutes the hood on convertible models each one requires forty man-hours to complete. Crafts like that of the cabinet maker, Constructor of interior fittings; an artist in wood.Mulliner Park Ward are justly proud of the great richness of their choice burr walnut veneers They are no less proud of the skill with which veneer, cross-banding and inlays are combined to produce facias, door waist rails and other fittings which are so symbolic of the quality permeating the whole motor car Finally, the crafts of the engineer and electrician.Those who endow the car with all major mechanical components. Such are the skills of hand and eye and the time lavished on every car,that the rewards of ownership come from much more than the fact that they are exceptionally fine and exclusive, they are also works of art.