Rolls-Royce Limited 1904 - 1973


Founded in 1906 by CS Rolls and Henry Royce. The company went bankrupt in 1971 and was subsequently nationalised. It was divided into two - Rolls-Royce Ltd (legally Rolls-Royce (1971) Ltd) which was government owned, and Rolls-Royce Motor Holdings Ltd (created 1973) which returned to private ownership.

In 1987 Rolls-Royce Ltd was privatised and subsequently became Rolls-Royce plc.

The Rolls-Royce Motors brand was bought by BMW in 1998