Rolls-Royce Motor Cars celebrated the completion of the 500th Phantom at its Goodwood home a year since falling under the new ownership of BMW.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars celebrated the completion of the 500th Phantom at its Goodwood home a year since falling under the new ownership of BMW.

The Phantom was unveiled for the first time at Goodwood in January 2003 where it was expected that 600 to 700 of the cars would be built in the year. Though only one car was produced per fortnight initially, by November last year the plant was completing up to five cars per day to reach 500 for the year. Around 1 000 Phantoms are expected to be built over the car's life-cycle.

Chairman and chief executive of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Tony Gott said, "It has been an incredible 12 months for everyone at Goodwood. We are now looking forward to another successful and exciting year."

This milestone coincides with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars centenary which will be celebrated with events throughout the year. Starting in New Zealand in January, the programme will include Australasia, Europe and the United States.