If there’s one feature I miss from old cars, it’s the hood ornament.
Have you ever wondered why you don’t see people wearing Rolls Royce’s hood ornaments dangling from a necklace? It’s because the Spirit of Ecstasy, as the hood ornament is obnoxiously called, is protected by a brilliantly over-engineered mechanism that causes it to retract and disappear if tampered with.
I’ll clarify this post first by just saying that one of the members of this band has been one of my best friends since I was 5 years old. So, yeah, this is a favor. Still, it’s car-related enough and it involves pictures of hood ornaments, so why not?
Tom Hanks showed off just how any more Emmys he has than you by taping one to the front of his Town Car. We get it Tom, you've got a lot of Emmys.
You have to look at Antonio Berni’s 1965 sculpture El pájaro amenazador (“Threatening Bird”) for a few seconds to realize that most of its non-organic elements are old car parts, like a steering wheel serving as weird, industrial diadem.
Once holding a place of honor as brand-defining symbols, awesome hood ornaments are now edging towards extinction. We've selected ten awesome ornaments which we're looking for you to name and answer the bonus obscure automotive history we've found on each.
In a South African road test of the Peugeot 308 wagon, a 150-year enigma of the brand's lion fetish is cracked.