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Rolls-Royce Celebrates 20 Years Of Making Hand-built Cars At Goodwood – Its Home Since 2003

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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars celebrates 20 years of producing hand-built cars at Goodwood – British luxury marque’s home since 2003. 

Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood remains the only place in the world where its luxury cars are designed and built.

Under BMW ownership, the original 7-gen Phantom was the car produced at Goodwood when Rolls-Royce began full-scale manufacturing.

First completed Rolls-Royce 7 was handed over to its new owner in a special ceremony at one minute past midnight on 1 January 2003.





Since then, Rolls-Royce has hand-built the Wraith, the Dawn as well as the Cullinan at its new home at Goodwood.

Rolls-Royce’s family at Goodwood has also grown from 350 people in 2003 to 2,500 today – with more than 50 nationalities represented.

Rolls-Royce Celebrates 20 Years Of Making Hand-built Cars At Goodwood – Its Home Since 2003 - autojosh

This month marks the 20th year since British luxury marque Rolls-Royce Motors Cars began the production of hand-built luxury vehicles at Goodwood. The Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood remains the only place in the world where Rolls-Royce motor cars are designed and built – still by hand.

Under BMW ownership, the original seventh-generation Phantom was the first motor car produced at Goodwood when Rolls-Royce began full-scale manufacturing at its new home. The first completed Rolls-Royce 7 was handed over to its new owner in a special ceremony at one minute past midnight on 1 January 2003.

Rolls-Royce Celebrates 20 Years Of Making Hand-built Cars At Goodwood – Its Home Since 2003 - autojosh

Since then, Rolls-Royce has hand-built its most powerful model ever, the Wraith, the Dawn drophead, the Ghost, the 8th-generation Phantom as well as the Cullinan, dubbed the ‘Rolls-Royce of SUVs’, at its new home at Goodwood.





Rolls-Royce Celebrates 20 Years Of Making Hand-built Cars At Goodwood – Its Home Since 2003 - autojosh

“Goodwood is both the physical and spiritual Home of Rolls-Royce – the only place in the world where we design and handcraft our unique luxury products, with a unique, personal connection to our long history,” says Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

“Far more than just an advanced manufacturing facility and corporate headquarters, it gives visitors an immediate introduction to our brand: beautiful, elegant and impressive, yet also creative, vibrant and ever-changing.

Rolls-Royce Celebrates 20 Years Of Making Hand-built Cars At Goodwood – Its Home Since 2003 - autojosh

“In its design and construction, it embodies our central values of precision, attention-to-detail and pride for this great British institution. It is its own private universe, yet wholly connected to the wider world. We, the Rolls‑Royce family, are privileged to call it home.” Müller-Ötvös added.

BMW Group’s acquisition of Rolls-Royce and subsequent creation of a fitting home for the marque was described at the time as “the last great adventure in automotive manufacturing”. Rolls-Royce’s family at Goodwood has also grown from 350 people in 2003 to 2,500 today – with more than 50 nationalities represented.





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