London, Feb 7 (ANI): The Spirit of Ecstasy, the figurine that is the trademark of every Rolls Royce, turns 100 years old this year.
100 Rolls-Royce cars formed a cavalcade yesterday to mark the centenary of a very special lady, reports the Daily Express.
The entourage drove through central London on a route including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square.
The Spirit of Ecstasy was modelled on Eleanor Thornton, the lover of motoring pioneer Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, a friend of the statuette's designer Charles Sykes.Thornton met Lord Montagu while working at his Car Illustrated magazine, but she died in 1915 when a ship taking the couple to India was torpedoed and did not live to see the icon's success. (ANI)