Timeless, Rolls-Royce – Rankin Spirit of Ecstasy Collection

In Rolls Royce by Jonathan Humphrey

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars images from their collaboration with renowned photographer Rankin.

Something timeless and worth re-visiting from the Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy 100 year celebrations -The images are inspired by the Spirit of Ecstasy – one of the world’s most famous symbols, a true icon embodying beauty, luxury, style and elegance and which has gracefully adorned the prow of Rolls-Royce cars past and present.


The legendary tale behind the creation of the Spirit of Ecstasy is one of intrigue, mystery and glamour. It began when Lord Montagu, founder of The Car Illustrated, commissioned resident artist, Charles Sykes to sculpt a mascot for his 1909 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. The sculpted image is thought to be Eleanor Valesco Thornton, Lord Montagu’s close personal secretary and lover from whose image this very British legend is believed to originate.

Rankin was given full artistic license by Rolls-Royce to create a modern and very personal interpretation of The Flying Lady. As Rankin’s talent shows, even 100 years later this very sensual and evocative pose continues to excite and inspire.

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