VotW – Building a Rolls-Royce Radiator Grill by Hand

Our Video of the Week this go round shows the creation of one of the single most recognizable features of any British car – the Rolls-Royce grill.  The grill of the Rolls has been copied, satirized, objectified and outright stolen since it first came on the scene. What’s more, they have been used as the inspiration for everything from barbecue grill and candy, to jewelry and furniture. And seriously, let’s not talk about all the other cars they have been grafted on to in a failed attempt to make the poor thing look “classy”.  Nope, the grill just doesn’t seem to look quite right on anything except the cars of Rolls-Royce on with they were originally fitted.

Once you are done watching that fine bit of hand-crafting, take a look at the new Rolls-Royce and what might be called “hand-crafted by computer”.

Quite a difference I would say.  The times they are a changing.




Michael Carnell
Editor at Just British

Michael Carnell is the editor and founder of the Just British Online Motoring Magazine. As a lifelong British car enthusiast, he has owned or driven British cars of all ages from Austins and MGs to Jaguars and Triumphs. He currently owns a 1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100 and a 1977 MGB. But there is always room for more - no matter what his wife says.

1 Comment

  1. Great video about making the RR radiator! However, one error in the accompanying commentary is the statement about these radiators being made at Crewe. R-R is now made in their factory on the Goodwood Estate; Bentleys are made at the factory in Crewe. Perhaps this video was made before the division of the two and before Bentley was bought by VW and R-R by BMW. Fascinating expertise by these dedicated craftsmen.

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