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 even Grandma's option-free sedan came with a gigantic chrome hood ornament with wings.
That's because the domestics overkilled hood ornaments in the late 70's through 80's. (I still shudder when I think of the U.S. built Ford Grenada.) It was getting to the point the only way you can tell one GM brand from another was by it's hood ornament.
That, aerodynamics for fuel economy and pedestrian safety requirements turned them into on the hood or grille medallions.
R.I.P. We need them like we need those fender vents.