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

Rebecca OConnell

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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