The Most Gorgeous Hood Ornaments

There was a time when a car was simply a pedestal for the company’s metal mascot.

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It’s a real shame cars and hood ornaments don’t mix like they used to. Sure, Jaguar still offers the “Leaper” as an option, and you can spec an E-Class with a hood-topping three-pointed star, but would you really want to? They look more like metallic warts than the final artistic flourish they once were. Rolls-Royce and Bentley may be exceptions, but at least they give you the option of hiding it.

Classic cars seem to have been built around their ornaments. In certain cases, the cars almost end up taking a backseat to what’s riding up front. From pre-war era cars all the way up to the Jet-age, the hood ornaments that garnished some cars were works of art. Whether it’s a signature figurine, a one-off or just a stepping stone in design somewhere along a brand’s history, these are the most beautiful hood ornaments of all time.

1951 Pontiac Chief

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The Rembrandt Bugatti Designed Elephant

Bugatti-HO-Gear-Patrol

1936 Alvis Silver Eagle

Alvis-HO-Gear-Patrol

1938 Dodge Ram

Dodge-Ram-HO-Gear-Patrol

1933 Essex Terraplane

Essex-HO-Gear-Patrol

1938 Ford Deluxe Greyhound

Ford-Greyhound-HO-Gear-Patrol

1928 Isotta Fraschini

Isotta-HO-Gear-Patrol

Rolls-Royce Spirit Of Ecstasy

Rolls-HO-Gear-Patrol

Mack Trucks

Mack-HO-Gear-Patrol

1955 Nash Statesmen

Nash-HO-Gear-Patrol

1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight

Packard-HO-Gear-Patrol

1933 McLaughlin Buick

Buick-HO-Gear-Patrol

1950 Jaguar MK V

Jaguar-HO-Gear-Patrol

1929 Duesenberg Model J

Deusenberg-HO-Gear-Patrol

1951 DeSoto Deluxe

Desoto-HO-Gear-Patrol

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air

Bel-Air-HO-Gear-Patrol

1931 Cadillac 370A V12

Cadillac-HO-Gear-Patrol

Hispano-Suiza Stork

HIspano-Souza-HO-Gear-Patrol

1935 Plymouth Coupe

Plymouth-HO-Gear-Patrol

1926 Pierce-Arrow 80 Roadster

Pierce-Arrow-HO-Gear-Patrol

Any Lalique Design

Lalique-HO-Gear-Patrol

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