LONDON - Four auto companies have received documents on the sale of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd. from parent company Vickers, said company insiders: BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler-Benz and Toyota. However, Daimler has said it is not interested in Rolls.
Vickers did not confirm the names. Spokeswoman Brig Daniels said that 'all the credible parties have received the memorandum of sale and other documentation' on 12 January.
Besides the carmakers, said a source, Formula One entrepreneur Bernie Ecclestone and the Rolls-Royce Action Committee of wealthy RR enthusiasts remain as candidates to buy the company.
The Rolls-Royce name is a source of potential friction because the Rolls-Royce plc aircraft engine company may have veto power over its use by others. Vickers has appealed to government officials in Brussels to clear up the issue, and spokeswoman Daniels said none of the potential buyers 'has backed out as a result of the speculation over the name.'
Officially, the next announcement from Vickers will be near the end of March when the successful purchaser will be revealed.