• Apr 7, 2008

As far as hood ornaments go, it's hard to top the Rolls-Royce "Spirit of Ecstasy". The flying lady is so highly valued, that on the latest models, the ornament can electrically retract into the top of the grille. But you know how it is; for some, enough is never enough. Count among them Manhattan Motorcars, as the New York dealership commissioned this $200,000 diamond-encrusted ornament.

To create it, jewelry designer Jean Kemanjian used 150 karats worth of VVS1-quality, D-color diamonds and a handful of yellow diamonds for the wings, all laid down in pavé style over platinum for a smooth surface. Although the designer says it's not for sale or reproduction, somehow we doubt that the financially-enabled would have trouble getting one made. Until then, the Manhattan Motorcars has the only one in existence, and put it on display at its booth at the New York Auto Show.

[Source: Epoch Times via Luxist]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Unless that person who buys one has a driver with the car 24/7 someone is sure to rip it off the hood. The most redicilous item to buy on the market.
        Pete
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sure it is ridiculous, especially since the dollar is better used as toilet paper these days, but who ever said that it was going to be driven? Its most likely a show car that will be parked on display somewhere.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You know, I just attended the NY Auto Show. I remember looking at the RR stand, and I just looked at my pictures of the three they had on display. You can't even tell one is different from the others. You'd think they're be some sparkle if the diamonds were any good. They look duller than if it'd been Bedazzled in your photo, too.

      Talk about a waste.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Anyone who mounts this on their car deserves to get it stolen. As if RR wasn't enough of a statement in excess now we have this.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That won't stop an industrious thief when they realize there is $200k sitting underneath the hood.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Which is why the hood ornament on a Phantom retracts into the hood when you park the car.
      David
      • 6 Years Ago
      I thought I read that Hood Ornaments will not be on any cars. They have been deemed unsafe if you should hit somebody. If you notice on any new car that had a ?Hood Ornament, is no longer there.
      • 6 Years Ago
      started looking for hood ornaments on the web and found this:

      http://www.motor-klick.de/Kuehler/kuehler1.html
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nathaniel Said: Nigo, the man who started the Bathing Ape company already has one. He commissioned Jacob to create it a while ago,
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      The Bathing Ape one looks much nicer too! This article is just another example of the press in such a hurry to get a story out, getting the facts all wrong.. Again!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nigo, the man who started the Bathing Ape company already has one. He commissioned Jacob to create it a while ago, along with this is whole car is wrapped in Bathing Ape Camo vinyl.
      http://www.centralcali.com/misc/bape/nigoornament.jpg
      http://static.autoblog.nl/images/rolls_royce_camouflage_phantom_nigo.jpg
      • 6 Years Ago
      The same guy who spends 200K on a hood ornament probably wouldn't even give 5 bucks to a homeless guy on the street. This is an extreme case of self indulgence.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Most affluent people I know give a lot of money away to various charitable organizations. For them, giving away a few hundred thousand here and there is a tax write off.

      Constantine Peabody-Pandis
      Very cool !!!!!!!!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks fine. Park it in Watts!
      Rod
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is an obcenity. How many people could you assist with 200 million dollars. How many college degrees could you pay for? This is one of the reasons this country is going to hell in a hand basket. The rich only care about themselfs and the poor work three jobs and still cannot afford a tank of gas.
        Pete
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Rod
        Genius, go and learn some math. The ornament cost $200,000 (two hundred thousand dollars), not $200,000,000 (two hundred million). Notice the difference that three zeros make.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's pretty safe to say I officially hate the world.
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