100 years of the Flying Lady

The Spirit of Ecstasy is one of the most well known motor car icon in the world. Designed by Charles Robinson Sykes, it has adorned the radiators of Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1911. It was modeled after a young woman  who was great in beauty, intellect and esprit – but she hadn’t social status enough  to marry the man who love. The main characters of this history was  Eleanor Velasco Thornton and John Walter Edward-Scott Montagu (second Lord Montagu of Beaulieu after 1905, a pioneer of the automobile movement, and editor of The Car).


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