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The Spirit of Ecstasy gets a new glow

The Spirit of Ecstasy – Rolls-Royce’s bonnet ornament is considered by many to be the most famous woman in automotive history – and the story behind her is quite an intriguing and interesting one, however that’s not what we’ll be talking about today.

What we’re talking about today is that the ornament will be getting not just one, but several fresh looks for the fresh year 2013.

The luxury brand’s Flying Lady mascot will turn 102 next month, and throughout this long history it went through about a dozen revisions, but the latest one will see her bathed in light for the first time.

The 2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost and Phantom models can ask for a fully illuminable Spirit of Ecstasy ornament made from polycarbonate, as well as a more conventional metallic figurine but which can be uplit with a halo of white light.

This is not the debut of the illuminated mascot however, it appeared for the first time on the electric Rolls-Royce 102EX about two years ago during the 2011 Geneva motor show. The concept vehicle never made it into production however the decision was made to make the illuminated badge available to buyers.

There are also alternatives to the traditional stainless steel composition, with the Spirit now being available in silver and gold plating as well as solid sterling silver or solid gold.

The new illuminated ornaments are available on all new Rolls-Royce models but for those who have an older model but still want the shiny object, they can also be retrofitted to existing cars.

The figure automatically stows itself into the grille of the vehicle when the car is switched off – on modern models – to protect it from would-be vandals, however she can also be lowered manually by pressing a button in the glove box.

In order to increase pedestrian safety in case of a collision, the ornament will retract instantly and automatically.

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