Rolls-Royce Logo Meaning and History
The logo of the company appeared in the 1907. One story tells, that Royce saw a RR emblem on a tablecloth in the restaurant and decided to buy this tablecloth. At first, the logo was red, but in the 1930, it became black, because almost all logos in this time were black-and-white (and not in sign of mourning after the death of Royce in the 1933, as it was believed). But let`s return to the very beginning.
The creators of the most prestigious company in the world, Frederic Henry Royce and Charles Stewart Rolls, agreed about the name of the Rolls-Royce Group car in the 1904. Already in the 1906, the new car “Rolls-Royce 40/50” rolled out of the gate of the enterprise “Rolls-Royce Ltd.” created by partners in the Crew city. With help of a three-speed gearbox the car accelerated to 105 km/h. The cars had leaf suspension and the bodyworks were made on an individual customer order by designers who were waggonwrights and became the first designers of autos.
In the 1909, Sir John Montague Lord Belyu acquired one of those Rolls Royces for private use. The Berker studio produced the bodywork for the lord’s car. It was a four-seat phaeton. To allocate his car from a total stream, the lord asked his friend, the modernist sculptor Charles Sykes, to develop a mascot. The artist found a simple and elegant solution: he created the “Spirit of Rapture” – a figure, going ahead with flung back hands, in garments billowing in a wind, having descended as will of prediction on the car bonnet and frozen there to convey the spirit of the car– reasonable speed, grace, and beauty.
Few know that the personal secretary of Lord Belyu – Eleanor Thornton- became the prototype of the “Spirit of Rapture”. Sykes was hopelessly in love with her. The “Flying lady”, as the mascot was called soon, became the first metal figure on the bonnet of a car made in Britain. At first it was made of babbitt metal, later- of bronze and chrome steel. There were several modifications of the figure, the “kneeling” one appeared in the 1934. Even now, the “Flying lady” is a symbol of the “Rolls-Royce” firm.
Since the 1998, the company with this logo belongs to BMW, the license for the name and the emblem with double letter “R” cost 40 million pounds to the company.
Rolls-Royce Symbol Description
The symbol of the Rolls-Royce Group is a going ahead figure of a woman with flung back hands in garments billowing in a wind. Designed in the1911 by Charles Sykes, it was called the “Spirit of Rapture”. Afterwards the figure received the name “Flying lady”. The “kneeling” modification was produced in the 1934.
The graphical “Rolls- Royce” symbol is represented by two letters “R” applied on one another in a rectangle. In accordance with a legend, Royce saw this image on a tablecloth in the restaurant. Originally the emblem was of red color and since the middle of the 1930s, it became black-and-white.
Rolls-Royce Logo Color
The use of the black color in the Rolls Royce logo signifies excellence, class and grace of the company. The white color means nobility, elegance and purity.
Only the premium class cars are produced with the emblem of the British make with two letters “R” applied on each other, enclosed into a rectangle.
What is going on with the make now? Just recently, the British deluxe brand has showed in Geneva new fashion performance of its models: the sedan Ghost and the coupe Wraith. The performance is called Black Badge and is addressed to the most promising part of target audience of the make – bold and very rich young people. The attractive combination of new materials and a tint palette addresses to tastes of customers who do not get used to retreat against plausible challenges. The changes affected, above all, the figurine “Spirit of Rapture”, not its material or a pose, but its color. It turned into a glossy-black lady- vamp, running around proudly in the darkness of the night.
The infinity sign, with which the firm unobtrusively labeled some parts of the passenger compartment, for example, the firm analog watch, became also the symbol of the Black Badge series. There are composite wheel disks as a special pride of developers, black color of an “unprecedented depth” of the bodywork, upholstering of the roof of the passenger compartment with light emitting diodes imitating the starry sky, decoration of the dash panel with composite, where the carbon fiber and aluminum threads are interlaced among other interesting parts selecting cars of the Black Badge series against the background of traditional Rolls-Royce cars.