19 Hood Ornaments That Turn Luxury Cars into Masterpieces

We saw many gorgeous cars at this year's Concorso d'Eleganza, the most prestigious automotive competition in the world. Of course, it's the cars themselves that took center stage, but I always find the hood ornaments and badges interesting, as well. The sheer level of detail and craft makes them tiny pieces of art,… » 6/03/13 9:02am 6/03/13 9:02am

Bentleys Recalled Over Hood Ornament Crash Risk

Bentley's issued a recall on certain models because, if corroded, the large "Flying B" hood ornament might not retract in a pedestrian accident. Seriously? The hood ornament?! [Bloomberg] » 9/22/10 9:30am 9/22/10 9:30am

This Is Not How To Fix A Mercedes Hood Ornament

Certain elements of society think it's great fun to rip hood ornaments off fancy cars. Normally the owner replaces it with a new one. This guy did it with wire, unsuccessfully. » 12/24/09 1:00pm 12/24/09 1:00pm

Someone's Gonna Get Fired: LeMons Cars Invited To Hillsborough Concours…

The Hillsborough Concours d'Elegance is a super-upscale car shows, with the rich folks showing off their high-buck machines. This time, the organizers had the bright idea of inviting five 24 Hours Of LeMons racers.
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Hood Ornament Of The Month: 1960 Rover 100

This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition, where we check out interesting street-parked cars located in places other than the Island That Rust Forgot. After seeing the Porsche 356-O-Rama, we need more VintageRacer photos! » 2/22/09 6:00pm 2/22/09 6:00pm

The Ten Best Car Design Elements Of All Time

Proving that decades of automotive history and design can be summarized and exemplified in a few small details, we, with the help of our readers » 10/28/08 4:00pm 10/28/08 4:00pm, have isolated the ten best car design elements of all time. These are ten aesthetic features that represent eras, movements and philosophies in automotive design. Not only…

Not Just Engines At Monterey: Emblems, Chrome, And Shiny Baubles!

I've always loved photographing car emblems and hood ornaments, and what better place to do so than a huge racetrack complex full of priceless vintage racing machinery?

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Sometimes You Must Buy The Hood Ornament

After I violated my 'Don't Buy Junkyard Emblems' policy recently, I didn't think I'd fall off the anti-clutter bandwagon just a couple of weeks later. However, when you find a '56 Chevy hood ornament in near-perfect condition for just $9.47... well, you really don't have much choice in the matter. Now it hangs from… » 4/10/08 4:30pm 4/10/08 4:30pm

You Aren't Truly Important Until Your Rolls Has A $200K Hood Ornament

The Spirit of Ecstasy, the Rolls Royce mascot, recently received a limited edition makeover for the New York Auto Show, and how we missed it, we just don't know. But anyway, it's a Rolls, so you expect it to cost a pretty penny, right? Well, how about 20,000,000 of them. Yes, this ornamental accessory for hood… » 4/03/08 2:45pm 4/03/08 2:45pm

Forget Big Cats or Nekkid Lady Hood Ornaments- Get a Hippo!

After writing the headline above, the following question occurred to me: does Lynyrd Skynyrd clearly pronounce the word naked as nekkid in the song "Saturday Night Special?" Such is the sort of puzzler we contemplate on a Monday morning, but don't let such stuff distract you from the breathtakingly huge variety of… » 3/03/08 4:00pm 3/03/08 4:00pm

What's The Best DOTS Hood Ornament?

1950 Dodge Pickup

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After ogling the chromium curvature of the '53 Nash ornament (currently installed on a '57 Studebaker) in yesterday's gallery, it occurred to me that Alameda has plenty of nice hood ornaments that you can see without going to a once-a-year car show downtown. You can see them parked , in fact. So,…

Emblem & Hood Ornament Pr0n From Alameda

When I went out on Alameda's main drag to take engine porn photos, I didn't overlook the shiny stuff that lets us know that Some Car Stuff Was Better Back In The Day. Yeah, maybe the engines make a lot more power now and the brakes actually stop the car and stuff, but we lost something important when the days when… » 10/16/07 10:27am 10/16/07 10:27am

Hood Ornament of the Day: Spirit of Cincy!

We've been getting some good photos from our readers lately, and now it's PlatformHoon's turn to share a wonderful vehicular discovery with us. While the handcrafted eagle-with-propeller hood ornament may not match the Indian-headed jet plane on the '50 Pontiac for surrealism points, it's definitely a winner. » 10/11/07 2:30pm 10/11/07 2:30pm