ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS
Rolls-Royce Limited was created over a famous lunch in May 1904. Henry Royce, a successful engineer, struck a deal with Charles Rolls, owner of one of the first car dealerships. The rest is history. The ensuing series of two, three, four and six cylinder cars broke the mould for engineering and craftsmanship. The Silver Ghost, launched in 1907 that remained in production until 1925 was a car of legendary smoothness that completed a 14,371 mile virtually non-stop run, creating 'the best car in the world' legend.
Best-known body styles included the Barker Tourer and the Barker enclosed cabriolet. First built in Royce's Cooke Street factory in Manchester, following its success the company moved to a custom-built factory in Nightingale Road, Derby.
After the war Rolls-Royce resumed car production and opened its first US factory in 1921.
The 1920s and 1930s was the era of land and sea records that were broken by Rolls-Royce built engines..
In the second half of the 20th century, the 1950s, Rolls-Royce began their long association with the Royal Family, replacing Daimler as the preferred supplier of motor cars to the monarchy. The swinging sixties saw Rolls-Royce appeal to a new breed of owner. With many actors, pop stars and celebrities of the day choosing the marque. Not for the first time, a Rolls-Royce became a star of the silver screen itself in the Yellow Rolls-Royce featuring Omar Sharif and Ingrid Burgman. In the 1970s Aero Space and Motoring were separated with the introduction of Rolls-Royce Motors Limited.
British defence company Vickers bought Rolls-Royce Motors Limited in 1980 and continued producing Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars. Renamed Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited in 1985, it was floated on the stock exchange.
The 1990s saw the end of production at Crewe and the start of a new chapter in the history of Rolls-Royce when the BMW Group purchased the rights to produce Rolls-Royce motor cars.
The last Rolls-Royce model built at Crewe, the Silver Seraph was effectively the first all-new Rolls-Royce since the launch of the Silver Shadow more than 30 years earlier. Developed with help from BMW, it was powered by a 5.4-litre BMW V12 engine.
The Rolls-Royce headquarters and assembly plant lies in the Sussex Downs at Goodwood, UK.
The Phantom redefined the marque for the 21st century - a fitting celebration of the principles of Sir Henry Royce. Combining state-of-the-art technology and engineering with timeless contemporary design. The launch of Ghost marked the next stage in the evolution of the marque.
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