She protects your travels and guides the brand into the future, so Rolls-Royce celebrates the 110th anniversary of the Spirit of Ecstasy. Based on a bronze statue named “Whisper”, the world’s most coveted hood ornament was trademarked on February 6th, 1911. Charles Sykes was commissioned by a prominent Rolls-Royce collector “Lord Montagu”. His secretary Eleanor Thornton became his mistress, and he wanted the world to see her at the front of his most favorite cars.
She lost her life en route to India in 1915, drowning after a torpedo attack from a German U-Boat. Resolved to never forget her, the brand embraced her as a 7″x 3/4″ mascot. Every new Rolls-Royce for sale protects her in an armored box while the engine is off, entrusting her to future generations to inspire greatness. That is just one reason why Rolls-Royce is part of the Top 10 production cars with the most torque.
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