Coolest Vintage Hood Ornaments – Pierce-Arrow, Cadillac, Stutz, Chrysler, Ford, Bentley and More…

I have an odd fascination with artful hood ornaments, and took some close-ups of favorites over the big Amelia Concours weekend.

1040s RR SoE Figure

But first: when did hood ornament become a dirty word? They previously epitomized the height of class and prestige — while often serving functional benefits as well.

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As the top-mounted radiator cap in the early days of luxury cars, you know knew the cap was screwed on (and threaded) correctly when the symbol faced dead ahead.

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One highlight you must wonder about right away is the life-sized Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy.

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She is a 1940s art deco piece that was for sale by one of the smaller vendors at the show.

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Bugatti

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Bentley

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Cadillac

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An extremely accurate likeness — she even has one billowing sleeve that is a bit wider than the other. No human is perfect, or even perfectly symmetrical.

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The detail in her face is at once serene, relaxed, but also poised to jump or leap into the unknown.

Together. With her driver.

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This trait is shared by the one-time Cadillac leading lady.

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I recall what most of these are, but a few are head-scratchers.

Hudson (I think)

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Chrysler (I think)

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