On this day in auto history - August 30th

Mon 30th Aug 2021

It was on this day in 2002 that the last ever Rolls-Royce built at the famous Crewe factory in Cheshire rolled off the production line.

The iconic site - chosen primarily because of Crewe’s excellent rail links - had been home to Rolls-Royce car production since 1946 but, following a 1998 takeover by BMW, the decision was made to switch production to West Sussex. The Crewe factory did remain in operation, however, to manufacture Bentleys.

The last Rolls-Royce to be made in Crewe was a one-off, two-door Silver Storm convertible Corniche which housed a specially-made interior based on that of the original Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. It was later sold privately for an estimated £250,000.

Famed for its staggering attention to detail - it was often widely claimed that hand stitching the Rolls-Royce steering wheel took longer than to build an entire Ford Focus - Rolls-Royce has gone from strength-to-strength since switching production to a purpose-built facility in Chichester, West Sussex.

Helped by strong sales growth in the Asia pacific region it now produces over 4,000 vehicles annually from a base of little more than 1,000 a decade ago.