108 years ROLLS-ROYCE statue “Spirit of ecstasy”

The most famous figure on the mask of cult luxury cars

With the Mercedes-Benz three-stroke star and the Jaguar’s figure, which slowly loses its glow, the third most important creation on the car’s mask is the Spirit of Ecstasy (the spirit of ecstasy) on the Rolls-Royce models. It is celebrating the 108th anniversary of the installation of a cult statue on the front grille, in the shape of a Greek temple, the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, presented on February 6, 1911. The figure, or statue, still bears the names’ Emily ‘,’ Silver Lady ‘and Flying Lady’ , inspired by the character of Eleanor Velasco Thornton, secretary and mistress John Edward Douglas-Scott-Motagua, who in 1905 received the title Lord Montagu of Beaulieu. Everything has triggered an unhappy sequence of events …

Charles Stuart Rolls, one of the founders of the company, was a passionate pilot and in April 1910 he became the first man to cross La Mancha in both directions and on June 12 he died in a plane crash at Bournemouth. In memory of his partner, H. F. Royce jhe creates a new trademark. His great friend, Lord Montag of Beaulieu, was the publisher of the then famous car magazine The Car (founded in 1902) and hired the graphic editor Charles Robinson Sykes for this job. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Spirit of Ecstasy statue, Rolls-Royce will produce 100 copies of Ghost and Phantom models in the Centenary Collection series. The series signature and numbering at the foot of the statue will be recognized and the interior will be refined with a silver plate on the center console and an analog clock with engraved special series.

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