The hood's distinctive Spirit of Ecstasy cannot be flipped.
The front of the Rolls Royce starring the Spirit of Ecstasy — an early hood peculiar to a Rolls Royce was prone to being tossed off its front. This booty hack is no longer a possible with the current models, thanks to a safety device that allows the mascot to retract quickly into the body of the car when force is applied. If you're wondering what the word means, it refers to the illicit love affair between John Walter, editor of The Car Illustrated magazine, and his secretary, Eleanor Velasco Thorton. Sultry and hot!