Rolls-Royce is a British luxury car brand manufactured by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd. It is a part of BMW AG. The company was founded by Charles Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce in 1904. They both dreamt about creating cars of the highest quality. And when they met, they got an opportunity to make their dreams come true.
Meaning and History
The British brand Rolls Royce got its name from the actual names of the founders Sir Frederick Henry Royce and Charles Stewart Rolls. The double letter R on the logo, which appeared in 1907, is accordingly the capital letters of their names.
1907 – 1973
Two letters “R”, which are depicted in the company’s logo, represent the names of the brand’s founders. But Rolls Royce is also known for its symbol — the “Spirit of Ecstasy” or “Flying Lady of Ecstasy” statuette, located on the hood of the car. So since 1909, the radiators of Rolls-Royce have been adorned by this little statuette. It happened because in 1909, one of the cars of this British brand was bought by Sir John Montagu who wanted to somehow distinguish it from other cars. He asked his friend Charles Sykes, who was a sculptor, to create a mascot statuette, which later became a hallmark of Rolls-Royce.
1973 – 1998
At that time, the logo became more laconic. It consisted of only two white contiguous “R” letters on a blue background. The blue color of this logo conveyed goodwill and boldness. While white reflected elegance and nobility.
1998 – 2020
At the moment, the company’s logo looks pretty simple, but at the same time very representative. In the center of the gray vertical rectangle, there are still two letters “R”, but they are black now. Above and below them are the names of the founders of the brand.
Emblem and Symbol
“Spirit of Ecstasy” or “Flying Lady of Ecstasy” — names of the statuette, which traditionally flaunts on the hood of a Rolls-Royce. The prototype for it was the image of Sir John Montagu’s mistress — Eleanor Velasco Thornton.
After the significant success of Rolls-Royce, the car companies realized that the statuette was a very interesting idea. This is how the fashion for statuettes decorating the hoods of cars came in the early 20th century.
The first car, as well as one of the models of the brand, which collectors hunt for even nowadays, is the Rolls-Royce 10-HP, which rolled off the assembly line in 1904. The plant produced 16 copies of this model. And the auction price for this car is $3 million.
Rolls-Royce Phantom V
A total of 516 copies of the Phantom V were produced. In the year of release, the limousine already managed to get the title of “classic retro”, which is the best compliment to the design of the company’s models.