Rolls-Royce has opened a showroom at number 1 Red Square, Moscow. Housed within a converted museum, the premises are next door to the Kremlin and opposite St. Basils Cathedral on the north side of the square.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Moscow, will allow visitors and customers to see the new Phantom and also view the Rolls-Royce that belonged to Lenin, which is on special loan. This motor car famously had bespoke tracks fitted during the winter months to cope with the heavy Moscow snowfall.

Tony Gott, chairman and CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said: “We are delighted to be in Moscow to celebrate the opening of the latest of our worldwide dealer operations. There is a heightened sense of excitement to be here today at such a prominent address which stands as such a landmark at the centre of Russian society. A number of Phantoms have already been delivered in the region despite the lack of an official presence over the last 12 months, which is an encouraging sign for the future.”

The Moscow dealership is one of 17 now open throughout Europe; the others are in Belgium, Germany, Monaco, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. More dealer announcements will be made later in the year.