When we talk about Rolls Royce, everybody is aware of the fact that we are mentioning an incredibly luxurious machine coveted by many, but obtainable only to few. Each part of this vehicle represents an awe-inducing product of highest craftsmanship, so it is quite understandable how most people would love to possess such an object. If not the car in its entirety, then at least maybe a small token of appreciation, a memorabilia...in the form of a bonnet ornament? Well, if you happen to be one of those people who steal and collect ornaments from various cars, consider yourself warned because that little statuette on the hood of a Rolls is not at all helpless as it may seem...
If God Drove a Car, It Would Be a Rolls Royce
A lasting tradition which has been creating pure luxury for over a hundred years now is still the symbol of high class that is reachable only to a handful of people (Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, and David Beckham are some of those people who are lucky enough to call themselves the owners of a Rolls).
Every single stitch is done with jaw-dropping precision, and the interior is the product of impeccable stylistic coordination, but still, there is one little thing that is most recognizable when it comes to this brand...
The "Spirit of Ecstasy" is probably the most iconic thing about the Rolls. A woman clad in a silken robe, with her arms outstretched, defies the wind and creates an almost winged appearance, forever frozen in time and elegance.
A Thing of Beauty
This graceful statuette was created by an English sculptor, Charles Robinson Sykes back in 1909, using an English actress/model, Eleanor Velasco Thornton, as his inspiration for the iconic piece.
Troubles of the Flying Lady
Since it is the most prominent thing on the car, more often than not, this small art piece has been the target of theft. It is only logical that the Rolls Royce company thought of a cunning plan to shield the Silver Lady!
Can't Touch This!
A unique mechanism is responsive to the slightest touch or pulling sensation, and once it registers a disturbance it will retract the ornament in the blink of an eye, shielding it from all harm.
This is a real cost-efficient method since potential replacement of the Spirit will take you back for at least $4,300 USD!
Maybe You Would Have Better Luck with the Door Umbrella?
Just kidding, don't get any ideas!