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Undoubtedly one of the greatest symbols of showing wealth, Rolls-Royces are as ostentatious and luxurious as cars come.

And sitting proudly on the bonnets of these models for years and years has been the firm’s Spirit of Ecstasy logo. A few years ago, the British firm introduced a £3,500 option that meant this ‘Spirit’ could be illuminated at night.

However, the light-up symbol is now no more after being outlawed by the European Union due to light pollution. It’s worth noting that all bonnet ornaments of such kind have become illegal – not just Rolls-Royce’s.

In a statement to the Daily Mail, Rolls-Royce has said it is now having to disconnect the figurines by law, and is offering customers a full refund for the pricey option, along with a replacement Flying Lady – another way of describing the symbol.

A spokesperson for the company told the newspaper: “We felt it our moral obligation [to disconnect the illuminated symbol]. We sold this option in very good faith. We are forced to retract it now through no fault of our own.”

Rolls-Royces outside of the EU are able to continue using the feature, though it’s not been available as an optional extra since February 2019. It was offered on the firm’s Ghost and Phantom Saloons, as well as the Wraith Coupe and Dawn drop-top.

Ted Welford

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October 15, 2020

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