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wingsHood ornaments, also known as automobile mascots, are mostly non-existent on the cars of today. For the cars of the 20’s and 30’s though, a shiny mascot on the end of your hood let everyone know you had arrived. Artists, like famed glass craftsman Renee Lalique, and sculptor Charles Robinson Sykes, created windswept figurines for several European automobiles that helped define their luxury brands. US auto manufacturers were quick to emulate their stately rivals by decorating the radiator caps of their vehicles with everything from leaping animals to Native American Figureheads. Even utilitarian vehicles like a 1936 Chevy pick up truck could be elevated when sporting a graceful and aerodynamic bird in flight.

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Published in: Uncategorized on January 29, 2013 at 5:26 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. Hood ornaments are cool! This one is really cool! Sleek and magical. Makes me think I should do some imaginary hood ornament creatures for imaginary vehicles! :)

  2. I remember hood ornaments! In the 70s, when they’d mostly fallen out of use by manufacturers, there were after-market accessory versions available that let you customize your hood with a mascot of your choice. I don’t recall any of them being as elegant as the one you’ve drawn, though. Nice!

  3. What a shame they are not on cars now. Such a lovely sleek and elegant drawing. My grandfather made us a go-kart when we were kids and put a metal squirrel on the front. I never knew where he got this from but it was great and gave us such style!


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