On this day in auto history – February 3rd

Wed 3rd Feb 2021

It was on this day in 1911 that Rolls Royce first commissioned the iconic ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ statuette.

Also known as the ‘Silver Lady’ or 'Flying Lady’, the bonnet ornament was initially listed as an optional extra.

However, the statuette became a standard fitting in the early 1920’s and quickly went on to become one of the world’s best-known motoring icons.

The ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ continues to adorn the luxury marque, though has undergone numerous modifications to suit the needs of more modern sports saloons.