This Brutal 1925 Rolls Royce Phantom I Jonckheere Coupe


Rob Clements

The motor car may have been invented by German engineers, but it took two Brits to refine the concept; Charles Rolls and Henry Royce. With the Silver Ghost, introduced in 1907, Rolls Royce had set new standards in build quality and reliability. The British manufacturer has never been known for their innovations, yet has excelled in perfecting well proven principles. Continue reading »

You’ll Be Amazed After Seeing The Classy Interior Of This Rolls-Royce!

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An art-filled Rolls-Royce regarded as a palace on wheels and one of the finest British cars ever made is expected to sell for £700,000 at auction. The Phantom I was commissioned in 1926 by Woolworths’ financial director Clarence Gasque as a surprise gift for his wife, Maude. To ensure she was suitably impressed, Mr Gasque set out on a no-expense-spared project that resulted in the rear seats costing more than the average home. The ten-month project resulted in a car described by experts as being “nothing less than magnificently palatial”. Continue reading »

The Iconic Rolls-Royce Hood Ornament

The Spirit of Ecstasy, also called “Emily”, “Silver Lady” or “Flying Lady”, was designed by English sculptor Charles Robinson Sykes and carries with her a story about a secret passion between John Walter Edward Douglas-Scott-Montagu (second Lord Montagu of Beaulieu after 1905, a pioneer of the automobile movement, and editor of The Car Illustrated magazine) and his love and the model for the emblem, his secretary Eleanor Velasco Thornton.

Their love was to remain hidden, limited to their circle of friends, for more than a decade. Eleanor’s impoverished social and economic status made her an inappropriate match for John Walter, who succumbed to family pressures and married Lady Cecil Victoria Constance, but the secret love affair continued.

Eleanor died in 1915 when the SS Persia, on which she accompanied Lord Montagu on his journey to India, was torpedoed off Crete by a German submarine, four years after she had been immortalized by her lover.


The “Spirit of Ecstacy” adorns a Rolls-Royce in Gretna, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images) Continue reading »