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Vintage cars celebrate Rolls-Royce anniversary

Rolls Royce London parade marks the 100th anniversary of the classic 'Flying Lady' icon

Vintage cars celebrate Rolls-Royce anniversary
A vintage Rolls Royce lines up ahead of a parade celebrating the centenary of the British icon on Feb 6, 2011 (Getty Images)
Vintage cars celebrate Rolls-Royce anniversary
One hundred Rolls Royce owners took their classic automobiles out for a drive past some of London's most historic landmarks (Getty Images)
Vintage cars celebrate Rolls-Royce anniversary
Cars ranging from the latest Rolls Royce coupe to the original 1911 models were present in the parade (Getty Images)
Vintage cars celebrate Rolls-Royce anniversary
A 1932 Rolls Royce Phantom drives past Big Ben as the parade made its way through London's streets (Getty Images)
Vintage cars celebrate Rolls-Royce anniversary
Travelling through Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square, the vintage cars brought London's traffic to a halt (Getty Images)
Vintage cars celebrate Rolls-Royce anniversary
The last year was especially good for the British icon, with over 2,700 of its cars being sold (Getty Images)
Vintage cars celebrate Rolls-Royce anniversary
The US remained the manufacturer's top market, with the Middle East coming in third (Getty Images)
Vintage cars celebrate Rolls-Royce anniversary
Founded in 1906, the car company quickly established a reputation for its craftsmanship and understated opulence (Getty Images)
Vintage cars celebrate Rolls-Royce anniversary
Formed by Charles Rolls and Henry Royce, the car company quickly grew from its base original base in Derby, diversifying into aircraft engine manufacturing (Getty Images)
Vintage cars celebrate Rolls-Royce anniversary
The iconic 'flying lady' figurine only came into being in 1909 after Lord Montagu of Beaulieu commissioned Charles Skyes to create the statuette as a mascot for his Silver Ghost (Getty Images)
Vintage cars celebrate Rolls-Royce anniversary
In 1998, the car company was bought out by German firm, BMW, for $64m (Getty Images)
Vintage cars celebrate Rolls-Royce anniversary
Considered a gamble at the time, with the company flagging, BMW's investment returned Rolls Royce to the top of the luxury car market (Getty Images)
Vintage cars celebrate Rolls-Royce anniversary
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls Royce, said that he saw the GCC region driving the manufacturer's growth in 2011 (Getty Images)
Vintage cars celebrate Rolls-Royce anniversary
Long held as the ultimate British style icon, the brand has become the car to be seen in with celebrities, from Simon Cowell to Lord Sugar, all avowed fans (Getty Images)
Vintage cars celebrate Rolls-Royce anniversary
The launch the Rolls Royce Ghost in 2010, drove sales into a new market, with 80% of buyers never owning a Rolls Royce before (Getty Images)
Vintage cars celebrate Rolls-Royce anniversary
With steady growth predicted in 2011, Rolls Royce looks to be set to continue its 100 year legacy as 'the' luxury car in the market (Getty Images)