This Is Why You Can’t Steal A Rolls-Royce’s Spirit Of Ecstacy Hood Ornament

No hood ornament in the industry is as prized, sought-after, exclusive or as expensive as the Spirit of Ecstasy adorning all Rolls-Royce models.

Fitted as standard on every Rolls-Royce since 1920, the emblem, also known as the Flying Lady, is generally made from polished stainless steel, but can be ordered in 24-carat gold plating or in frosted crystal. Some examples are said to be worth over $10,000 so understandably, are a desirable item to would-be thieves.

So how does the British marque ensure that none of its owners will have to face the threat of driving sans Spirit of Ecstasy?

Well since the 2003 Phantom, Rolls-Royce has mounted the iconic hood ornament on a spring-loaded mechanism which will automatically detract the 3-inch tall icon into the radiator shell if it is struck from any direction, making it virtually impossible to steal.

Additionally, Rolls-Royce drivers can also raise and lower it with the touch of a button in the cabin, ensuring that no Flying Lady ends up in the wrong hands.



    • Josh Kim

      But it’s interesting.

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    • rodriguez256

      I wasn’t aware of it. So it’s news to me.

    • UZ

      Three things everyone *should* know about Rolls Royce, if they like cars:

      1. It has a retractable flying lady.
      2. The RR lettering on the wheels stay upright, even when the wheels are turning.
      3. There’s an umbrella in a slot inside the door.

      This really is old news. Clickbait.

  • Kash

    Yeah it springs into the car after you let go of it, but so long as you hold onto it, it can’t.

    • Beelzaboot teriaksun

      or better yet, it has sharp edges and it takes a finger or two with it 😛

      • Kash

        and if you run through a crosswalk you can disembowel someone when they slam onto your hood!

        • Beelzaboot teriaksun

          anything to keep people off your jewel

          • jh

            how about an integrated taser? that serves the foot-soldier who tried to touch my car right!

  • kimbentsen

    Most car people would know this.

  • europeon

    Sure you can’t steal it. That’s why there are a million Spirit of Ecstasy listings on ebay.

    • Beelzaboot teriaksun

      i’m sure they’re all orginal as frigg

  • Bob White

    Grab it with a good pair of leather gloves and yank the heck out of it. I bet the whole thing comes right out.

  • diehard

    Bolt cutter and say goodby!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Bolt cutter?

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      • Tumbi Mtika

        You win.

    • Zed68

      But it would damage it, reducing its value

      • Tumbi Mtika


      • jh

        wouldn’t that be the whole point of it?

  • stephen

    That would be “retract”. I don’t know that the flying lady would have many detractors.

  • Jay

    and this is why you swing at it with a bat or crow bar 🙂

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