Britain: The Pursuit of Perfection

Among the curiosities of the Paris auto show was a pair of uncommonly low and sleek-looking Rolls-Royce limousines. Rolls spokesmen brushed off inquiries about the cars with a casual "special coachwork jobs, old boy." In fact, as Rolls will announce this week, the cars on display in Paris were new models—the first restyled Rolls-Royce autos in eight years.

The new Rolls boasts twin horizontal headlights, a lower hood, wider grille and hotter engine (around 270 h.p.). For the select minority who can afford Rolls prices (from $15,655 in the U.S. for the Silver Cloud II to $27,617 for the Park...

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