Rolls-Royce's Spirit of Ecstasy: All Pride, No Prejudice

That lady on the zebra just threw a rather unpleasant look at the ornament on the hood of our Rolls-Royce tester. Dear pedestrians, there’s no need to fear the Spirit of Ecstasy - she wears a sensible character. The sculpture is sitting on a spring-loaded mechanism and she’ll duck for cover the instant the radiator grille gets hit.
Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy in Gold 1 photo
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In fact, this attention to fragile details has been within the Spirit of Ecstasy ever since its conception. The mascot signifies the secret, forbidden love between a famous British automotive aficionado of the early 20th century and his secretary.

The two were always forced to conceal their passion, but now this lives on and it’s all thanks to Rolls-Royce’s desire for uniformity. The ornament was introduced in the early 1900s as a way of making sure all their cars have the right blazon.

They did a pretty nifty job and the Ghost test car around us is wearing its Spirit of Ecstasy with pride. As for the rest of the things this car does, we’ll get to them in our Rolls-Royce Ghost test drive.
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In his quest to bring you the most impressive automotive creations, Andrei relies on learning as a superpower. There's quite a bit of room in the garage that is this aficionado's heart, so factory-condition classics and widebody contraptions with turbos poking through the hood can peacefully coexist.
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