William Edward Rootes, 1st Baron Rootes (17 August 1894–12 December 1964) was a noted Coventry motor manufacturer. He opened his first car sales agency in 1913, leading to the global Rootes Group During World War II, he supervised volume manufacture of aircraft and engines, as well as the supply of military motor vehicles and armoured fighting vehicles. He was knighted in 1942 for these services ... more »
''No other man-made device since the shields and lances of the ancient knights fulfills a man's ego like an automobile.''Sir William Rootes (1894-1964), British automobile manufacturer. BBC-TV, Jan. 14, 1958. quoted in "Who Said That?"