Rolls Royce – The Story Behind The “Flying Lady”

Rolls Royce – The Story Behind The “Flying Lady”

The bonnet ornament is also referred to “Flying Lady” or “The Spirit of Ecstasy” and builds an important recognition signs for Rolls Royce cars. It was designed by the sculptor Charles Robinson Sykes.


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The story behind the “Flying Lady” tells about the secret passion and forbidden love between John Walter Edward Douglas-Scott-Montagu who was a pioneer in the automobile movement and Eleanor Velasco Thornton who was from a lower class.






Even though the first cars of Rolls Royce did not carry the famous recognition sign, it soon became part of every car the company produced.






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