Rolls-Royce concept destroys your face
Spirit of Ecstasy turns 100 next month; design student pays homage with bonkers unofficial concept
Posted: 10 Jan 2011
The fabled 'Spirit of Ecstasy', that graceful lady-type on the bonnet of a Rolls Royce, will celebrate 100 years of being.
On 6 February 1911 Charles Sykes first registered the statue, designed to prevent rich chavs from going all early-1900s Max Power and modding their bonnets.
And what you see above is the fevered imaginings of one Jeremy Westerlund, student at California's Art Center. A student who has presumably decided to pay homage via this astonishing concept.
The 'Apparition' takes cues from a bygone age when chauffeurs drove sans roof with passengers cocooned in the back. Akin to an Art Deco sailing boat, the Roller is built 1:4 to scale - and still measures up at six feet long, making an actual version four feet longer than a Phantom.
We'll bring you more on the 100th birthday as it drops, so stay tuned. One thought immediately sprang to mind when we first clapped eyes on this: would one require one's utility belt and cowl this evening?