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... News from Goodwood - Archive 2005

24 June 2005 - Goodwood
Photo: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has produced a special motor car to mark the 80th anniversary of the Phantom name. Just twenty-five specially designed new Phantoms will be made available worldwide.

The original Phantom was launched in the summer of 1925 and soon became an iconic motor car and a great sales success. It was followed by the Phantom II in 1929 and the Phantom III in 1936. The name returned to the line up after the war in 1950 with the Phantom IV, followed by the Phantoms V and VI, the latter being produced until the early 1990s. Then in 2003 the Phantom name was chosen for the all-new motor car, built at a new manufacturing plant in Goodwood under the ownership of BMW Group.

Each of these special new Phantoms has either a black or black and silver exterior that echoes the colour schemes of the early 1920 models. A silver hand-painted coach line runs along the full length of the bodywork. Stylish 21-inch aluminium wheels complete the exterior look.

The coach-doors open to reveal a B-pillar chassis plate that discreetly points to the motor car's unique nature. Inside the Bespoke interior uses black and seashell leather in a natural finish. Contrast leather piping accentuates the seats. A number of new Bespoke features adorn the interior, including a wine cooler, below the rear seat, and a DVD system. The usual wood veneer found on the front of the picnic tables gives way to a sumptuous leather-writing surface. However the reverse, visible side, features the trademark wood, in this instance cross-banded burr walnut.

8 December 2005 - Goodwood
Manufacturing Plant   2000th Phantom
Photo: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd

Employees at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars celebrated the production of the 2000th Phantom today. Everyone assembled in the courtyard at the award-winning manufacturing plant at Goodwood - in the design of the number '2000' - for a group photograph.

The Phantom is exported all over the world from Goodwood in the South of England and the 2000th motor car is destined for China, which is an important market for Rolls-Royce.

Ian Robertson, Chairman and Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, 'We will shortly be celebrating another milestone, our third birthday, on 1 January 2006. The intervening months have been an incredible period for everyone at Goodwood. The team is rightly proud of the tremendous results achieved in a remarkably short space of time. We are now looking forward to the next twelve to eighteen months, which will see the launch of a new convertible.'

In the short period of time since the Phantom was first unveiled at Goodwood in January 2003 it has become the market leader in the super luxury sector.

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