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The Engineering Trick That Keeps Rolls Royce Car Ornaments From Being Stolen

Rebecca OConnell
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Rolls Royce cars are expensive items, so it wouldn't be surprising if an industrious passerby wanted to hack off a piece of that luxury for themselves. The car ornament found on all models is particularly flashy. (It even has its own name: the Spirit of Ecstasy.)

But while the hood ornaments are obviously very exposed, you don't generally see Rolls Royce cars with the ornament sawed off. Here's why: There is a special storing mechanism—standard in all Rolls Royce cars since 2004—that hides the ornament when it's tampered with. Give the Spirit of Ecstasy a little tap and it flips inside a secret hatch, until the rightful owner comes back to set it straight. Take a look above.

[h/t SPLOID]

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