Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
- This article is about the manufacturer of Rolls-Royce automobiles since 1999, currently a BMW subsidiary. Its predecessors include: Rolls-Royce Limited and Rolls-Royce Motors.
is a British manufacturer of luxury automobiles based at the Goodwood plant
in West Sussex
, England. It is the current producer of Rolls-Royce branded automobiles, whose historical production dates back to 1904. The factory is located across from the historic Goodwood Circuit
in Goodwood, West Sussex, England. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of BMW
The history Rolls-Royce began as Rolls-Royce Limited
which started manufacturing cars in 1903. The factory at Goodwood is the fifth Rolls-Royce UK based automobile production facility since 1904. The previous four were located in Manchester, London, Derby, and Crewe.
The characteristic RR badge on the front of the grill changed from red to black in 1934 upon the death in 1933 of Henry Royce. The Phantom III of 1934 was the first Rolls Royce to display the black badge, being the first car without input from Mr. Royce.
Previous iterations of the company include Rolls-Royce Limited and Rolls-Royce Motors
In 1998, owners Vickers
decided to sell Rolls-Royce Motors. The most likely buyer was BMW
, who already supplied engines and other components for Rolls-Royce and Bentley
cars, but BMW's final offer of £340m was beaten by Volkswagen
A stipulation in the ownership documents of Rolls-Royce dictated that Rolls-Royce...