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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?

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