4 May 2004

It’s 100 years to the day since the Midland Hotel in Manchester played host to an historic meeting between two aspiring businessmen - mechanical and electrical pioneer Henry Royce and quality car retailer Charles Royce.

The agreement they came to brought about the first ever Rolls-Royce cars. Two years later, the Rolls-Royce company was formed, and the Silver Ghost introduced – a car that would go on to earn its maker a world-beating reputation.

Rolls-Royce is planning a series of events this year to celebrate the occasion, and a Centenary World Tour, taking in New Zealand, Australia, and the USA, arrives in the UK this week.

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