For Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Tuesday wasn’t only a day to celebrate a new year, but to also celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the launch of the luxury car brand’s Goodwood plant in Chichester, England, and the Phantom automobile.
The first Phantom was rolled out of the new plant one minute past midnight on Jan. 1, 2003. The production of the luxury car was initially one per day, rising to three per day by the end of 2003. In total, Rolls-Royce has produced more than 5,000 Phantom sedans, Coupes, Drophead Coupes and extended-wheelbase limousines.
Today, with a product range spanning two model families (Phantom and Ghost) and six models, the company’s craftsmen and women hand-build up to 20 cars each day.
The Goodwood facility serves as the headquarters, design, manufacturing and assembly center for the venerable brand. Since opening, Jan. 1, 2003, it has been expanded twice and now covers 242,000 square feet. It employs 1,400 workers, half of whom work in the wood and leather shops.