For a couple of good years already, I am living in the country of the most envied cars in Europe and in the world, and despite my very limited technical knowledge I am doing my best to understand the high precision of the German cars. However, my secret passion are the big adventurous English and American cars. A matter of taste, I know...At the spectacular BMW Building on Ku'damm nr. 31, it was opened a couple of weeks ago an exhibition dedicated to Rolls Royce (opened from Monday to Saturday between 10am-8pm, Sunday between 11am-6pm) that I could not miss to see.
Do not expect too many cars (this was my big disappointment) and the big cars are silenty watched, and from time to time also cleaned from dust, by local employees. Mr. Rolls and Mr.Royce plotted the creation of Rolls Royce at Midland Hotel in Manchester in 1904. Rolls was the first undergraduate to own a car, and Royce, sold newspapers in 1893, and in 1887 registered his first patent, the bayonet clamp socket. The motto of the company, still proudly followed nowadays is as simple as that: "Strive for perfection in every thing you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it".
The models displayed represent different technological stages and historical style. My favourite by far is this beautiful 1926 Phantom 10 Ex Open Tourer. "Ex" stands from Experimental, but looking at it, it seems that it was a very successful experiment.
The exhibition is elegantly set up, besides the cars, being displayed various designs of engines, technical features of the cars - in English and German - as well as a short history of the company, plus a collection of personalized branded gadgets on sale on the spot.
The Phantom Drophead Coupe may look a little threatening, but besides the armoured presence there is a lot of elegance and precision used to put together so many small little pieces and details.
The elegant leather interiors, with comfy chairs and high-end safety standards just reminded me that sometimes, big cars can be beautiful and elegant.