Today’s must-reads from around the Internet.
As part two of our soon-to-be-legendary three-part series on logos, we bring you the story of the signature Rolls Royce hood ornament—known as the Silver Ghost or, as we prefer, the Spirit of Ecstacy.
This one takes us back to Edwardian England circa 1910, in particular a car-obsessed sculptor and a loveless marriage in the noble class…
Flame-haired Brit model Lily Cole is the latest testament to the indisputable superiority of French *Playboy* over the *frommage*-filled American original. Her *Lolita*-like cover pose – and the 14-pg. spread inside – is inspired by style icon Serge Gainsbourg’s 1971 concept album *Histoire de Melody Nelson*. In a nutshell, the plotline involves Gainsbourg plowing his vintage Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost into a teenage nymphet’s bicycle as a prelude to seduction.
You can pick up a vintage Bentley that once belonged to Sean Connery, the greatest Bond of all, at Bonhams’ auto auction as part of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiast’s Club‘s annual rally this weekend for a relative pittance. The beautiful 1961 S2 saloon, finished in two-tone Tudor Grey / Shell Grey with a contrasting red leather interior, is estimated at only £12,000 – £15,000, or about $24,000 – $30,000, a fraction of what a new, less distinguished model *sans* pedigree will cost you.
Two things they don’t make like they used to—movie posters and movies. Case in point: Michelangelo Antonioni’s brilliant 1966 flick *Blow-Up*.
David Hemmings plays Thomas, a debauched fashion photographer based on David Bailey who thinks he may have witnessed a murder. But the plot takes a back seat to the movie’s incredibly stylish *mise-en-scène*, not to mention Thomas’ navy blue Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud convertible, slant-pocketed velvet hacking jacket and endless stream of beautiful bedmates.
At Bonhams Entertainment Sale in London on June 18, you can snag a piece of the magic in the form of this original poster from the film, estimated at £300 – £500. If you think you can outbid us, that is.
Any brand with a decent bit of history behind it is bound to have a few stories in its files. Take, for instance, Rolls Royce’s famous hood ornament, a statuette with enough history to have a movie deal behind it.
Around Kempt, we like our whips to have a provenance. Even when we buy new, we only get the behind the wheel of rides with impeccable pedigrees. This week got our gears turning with several bulletins about vintage vehicles.
First, Hertz cheered us with the news that they’ll be renting the Hurtan Albaycin for rides down Spain’s Costa del Sol. Next, Wired posited than in the near-future of smart cars and sustainable transport, designers might be looking to classic minis.
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