So, maybe you knew that Rolls-Royce used to absolutely dominate the world speed record books, or that they still make some of the world's best jet engines. But did you know that their iconic Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament exists because of an extramarital affair, or that they build nuclear friggin' reactors? Here are 29 amazing things you probably didn't know from Rolls-Royce's history.
NOTE: In 1973, Rolls-Royce split up, with the Rolls-Royce cars splitting off, and the airplane engine and military contractor remaining on its own. Given the intense history during which they shared a common path, this article includes both. — AM