Rolls Royce at Cars Museum, Udaipur

Rolls Royce, old or new, they are so hot!

It is not everyday that one gets to see a Rolls Royce! So, when I saw one at the Vintage Car collection displayed in Udaipur museum, I photographed it to my heart’s content. The Rolls Royce there was a 1930/31 model, manufactured in UK, with stunning looks. This car made a memorable appearance in the James Bond movie, Octopussy, filmed in the city Udaipur in 1983.

Rolls Royce
Rolls Royce, Spirit of Ecstasy
Rolls Royce Hood Ornament

It was the hood ornament, the iconic mascot, ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ that held the focus of my lens. This world famous mascot is the model of a very beautiful and intelligent lady, Eleanor Velaseko Thornton of the early part of 20th century. Interesting story, I read later, of her unsuccessful love affair with JohnWalter Edward-Scott-Montagu due to status difference between the two.

Rolls Royce Cars Museum
It is now more popularly known as the ‘Silver Lady’ or the ‘Flying Lady’. The ‘Lady’ was just around six inches tall, or may be a little bigger and had a bright silvery finish. I felt like touching it but then controlled my urge!


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54 Responses

  1. GMG says:

    Hi Indrani!
    Sorry I couldn’t visit you for the last two weeks! I’m trying to catch-up and see the wonders you have around!

    Rolls-Royce and peacocks make a great combination; and the ones from Jaipur City Palace are stunning!!
    The Chittorgarh Fort pictures are outstanding and you caught some great shots at the Air Show! Great job!!

    Meanwhile, one of the most beautiful Forts in India waits you and your comments at Blogtrotter: – The Amber Fort! Enjoy and have a great weekend!

  2. luxury 7 Beauty at its best

  3. I don’t think I’ve seen one either in “real life”. Lovely details!

  4. Aileni says:

    Now, there is Class. It has more presence that a modern version. Great.

  5. George says:

    You’ve gotten some beautiful pictures of a very elegant car. I didn’t know the story behind the hood ornament — thanks for sharing it with us.

  6. Anya says:

    Awwwwww so cool to see that car, would I ever want to drive =^.^=

    And what cooooooooool that “flying lady”
    But that is for us not to pay 🙁
    I just look at it and I will dream about it………

  7. Cuckoo says:

    You are right. You took photos to your heart’s content.

    Shining beauty !

  8. Now that’s a CAR!!

  9. Wayne says:

    what a beautiful car I wish that I could have been there to see such a car in person. bust your pictures do a great job.

  10. Michelle says:

    Such a beautiful old car.

  11. Great car, but I was more intrigued by the story! Thanks

  12. How incredibly awesome! I bet that must have been a beautiful car to see. I love the hood ornament and learned something new. Thanks for sharing!

  13. OH, that is what I call my “Gooshie” moments. It takes everything I have just to not touch or squeeze!

  14. lisaschaos says:

    I would love to have just one ride in a Rolls. 🙂 Beautiful!

  15. Shellie says:

    How hot is that car? I love it!

  16. Onkar says:

    Interesting piece of information on the lady that your camera so beautifully captured.

  17. Maggie May says:

    Nothing like a Rolls Royce.
    Such a stately car. Nothing quite like it any where.
    What a pity its a bit out of our league!

    Lovely, informative post as always.

  18. Jeevan says:

    Wow! That’s royal, Rolls Royce. I remind that movie and this car and it was interesting link about the ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’.

    hum… beautiful lady too.

  19. J says:

    Despite not being a massive fan of RRs, these are some great pictures. And thanks for sharing the story of the flying lady, I hadn’t heard it before.

  20. Bengbeng says:

    peacocks make a wonderful post. they r exotic animals. rolls royce just for mere mortals like me to gawk at

  21. Shrinky says:

    She positively twinkles, doesn’t she? When I was in my early 20’s, my boss once allowed me to DRIVE his Rolls Royce (eeeeeeeeeeeeek!). It was only because he had had a liquid lunch and was far too drunk to drive it himself. I was scared stiff, but also as proud as punch! (Smile)

  22. wow wow and wow again… that is one nice piece of automobile….

    Great photos too 🙂

    ohh and btw. I would have touched it… probably shouldn’t… but I would have

  23. That is so stinking cool!! How tempting to just lie across the top for a James Bond-ish photo…

    Truthfully, how many shots did you take of this beauty?

  24. bindu says:

    I am not much into cars, but I wonder at the stories this one can tell us about its past owners …

  25. Susie says:

    she is awesome! I would have touched her for sure–even if it meant getting in a little trouble. How cooL!

  26. Great captures. Not everyday we can see such luxurious cars. Just know that Amitabh Bachchan owns a Rolls Royce.

  27. Pam says:

    RR has a style unlike any other and you captured it beautifully. Your blog is wonderful, I’m glad I found it. Thank you for your visit and following my blog. Be Happy, Pam

  28. Aviral says:

    nice car even though it’s so old…did you know that all non moving parts of a Rolls Royce come with a 100 year warranty???!!!???

  29. These are very cool cars! what an interesting story about the hood ornament. Thanks for sharing with us you great pix and the story.

  30. Ah yes the infamous James Bond car. I remember this one. 🙂 How cool to be able to see it up close and personal like that. Definitley a memorable moment.

  31. Lakshmi says:

    loved classic and vintage dad has a morris 10, but unfortunately it needs to be restored a bit

  32. GMG says:

    Hi !
    You lost Amber, don’t lose the last of the beautiful Forts in Jaipur; Nahargarh is at Blogtrotter! Enjoy and have a great week!

  33. Ash says:

    What a truly sexy car!

  34. Carrizo says:

    Rolls Royce is the CAR.

    Good presentation about Rolls with nice shots.

  35. Kat says:

    The models you photograph, sure look stunning..!!

  36. Namrota says:

    Ooohh the silver Lady… wow.

  37. Seeta says:

    Vintage isnt it 🙂 I saw a later model two days back in the city, would have almost rammed into a wall, was that awestruck looking at a RR 🙂

  38. Loved this winged angle statue ..

  39. Nice shots mam,
    I personally love Rolls Royce PHANTOM.
    And true to ROLLS ROYCE its tag line is trusted to deliver excellence !!

  40. Ummm! What I feel is that it is simply so sexy. 🙂 😉

  41. Amazing Vintage Rolls Royce..This Cars really grab attentions.. 😀

  42. Abhra Pal says:

    I have seen twice – in vintage car rally and another time on road – the second time, she looked like a grand queen indeed.

  43. JK says:

    Thanks for those pictures. The car looks really royal.

  44. lucky u to capture a great car

  45. Soham Roy says:

    Vintage stuff always looks royal…The new and sleek models look fascinating too but the Vintage stuff has a different charm altogether…

  46. It is old ancient car!!!!but precious one

  47. Now that's what i call a gentleman's car…

  48. Cool Rolls really make heart beat faster. I once saw this huge collection in one of the Palaces in Rajasthan 🙂

  49. A Rolls Royce for us remains an unattainable car. Beautiful realization of the challenge.
    Regards from us.

  50. Janice says:

    Such a wonderful classic!

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