ROLLS-Royce is bowing out of Crewe with a special top-of-the-range model being sold as a tribute to the town's craftsmanship.
Priced at £169,000, which is £10,000 more than the standard model, it is hoped the special edition Silver Seraph will appeal to collectors of the luxury car. It will be limited to 170 vehicles.
The Pym's Lane company has announced details of a last of line series before parent firm Volkswagen hands over the reins to rivals BMW at the end of next year.
From 2003 Rolls production will cease here, moving to BMW's new factory near Goodwood in Sussex. Crewe will continue to make Bentley cars.
The company says it is keen to emphasise the Crewe craftsmanship that has gone into the final models.
Spokesman Sarah Hill said: 'We had always planned to do something to celebrate the end of the Crewe era and we will be looking to do something with other models.
'It is particularly a celebration of the craftsmanship in Crewe. The car will bear the ensign 'Rolls-Royce, Crewe' and it is the first time an R-R model will feature a British flag.
'If people buy the car direct from the factory they will receive a leather-bound album, recording the building of their individual car by the Crewe workforce.'
But the model will mark the beginning of the end for the Crewe era in readiness for the marque's final farewell to the town.
The car includes a vintage two-tone paint scheme used on Crewe's first R-R model, the Silver Cloud.
In keeping with the classic look, all badging will be finished in red, as in the pre-1933 models.
Chief executive Tony Gott described it as a 'fitting end' to the production of Rolls-Royce cars in Crewe.