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      11-06-2010 09:37 PM #1
      This is actually a radio antenna too. Bonus points if you can name the make model and year.

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      11-06-2010 11:00 PM #2
      1939 Packard Model 1707 V12.

      Here's a Franklin hood ornament:


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      11-06-2010 11:19 PM #3
      The Lincoln greyhound, from Lincoln's classic heyday of the thirties and early forties.



      Packard had two iconic mascots. The Cormorant, seen here:



      and the "Donut Chaser" (actually more formally known as the "Goddess of Speed"):



      Hispano-Suiza's beautiful mascot:



      Even lowly, workingman Ford had a beautiful mascot in the thirties, the Quail (most typically seen on the Model A):



      Duesenberg's was deco-simple, and very pretty:



      I especially like Pierce Arrow's mascot, the Archer:

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      11-06-2010 11:30 PM #4
      1937 Cadillac V16. One of my Favorites.

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    5. 11-06-2010 11:44 PM #5
      Pontiac had some AMAZINGLY cool hood ornaments.















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      11-06-2010 11:51 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by SMG View Post
      1939 Packard Model 1707 V12.
      I guess that was too easy.

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      YES ^ That's right

    8. 11-06-2010 11:58 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by patrikman View Post
      I guess that was too easy.

      Lol. Yea, whoaa. That was way quicker than I had expected!


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      11-07-2010 10:45 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by thesteve View Post

      That's no fun.

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      11-07-2010 12:04 PM #12
      This was on a 1950 Ford Heavy Duty Truck

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      11-07-2010 12:16 PM #13
      The '56 Mark II hood ornament was beyond the skills of Ford's foundry and was let to a gun sight manufacturer. It cost more than an entire '56 Ford front grill assembly.

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      Nash:


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      11-07-2010 12:37 PM #15
      I got this one from my dad as my 9 year old birthday gift.

      Found out last year (through TCL of course) it's from a 42-46 DeSoto, but never found a picture of the car.




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      11-07-2010 12:56 PM #16
      What's this hood ornament from?

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      11-07-2010 12:57 PM #17
      Many of the glass ones were fitted with illumination. These were commonly made by LaLique(!) and the glass was frosted to improve the glow effect.

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      11-07-2010 01:00 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by atomicalex View Post
      Many of the glass ones were fitted with illumination. These were commonly made by LaLique(!) and the glass was frosted to improve the glow effect.

      I've never heard that before. How would that be accomplished?
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      11-07-2010 01:06 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by atomicalex View Post
      Many of the glass ones were fitted with illumination. These were commonly made by LaLique(!) and the glass was frosted to improve the glow effect.

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      Lesser marques often had illuminated ornaments over the years, too. My dad drove a beat-up 'old 1949 Chevy to the steel mills for years that had one of these glowing red at night (not Lalique, just blue-collar plastique ), just like Rudolph's nose:

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      11-07-2010 01:09 PM #20
      I know about those, as the wiring could be concealed under the hood. How would you illuminate a radiator cap. There were a number of Lalique radiator caps at Meadow Brook last year, but I saw none with wires.
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      11-07-2010 01:10 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by barry2952 View Post
      The '56 Mark II hood ornament was beyond the skills of Ford's foundry and was let to a gun sight manufacturer. It cost more than an entire '56 Ford front grill assembly.
      What made it so special/expensive/difficult to make?
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      11-07-2010 01:13 PM #22
      No mention of the Bugatti Elephant?

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      11-07-2010 01:13 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by Yo Teach View Post
      What made it so special/expensive/difficult to make?
      Even with a centrifugal casting rig the fine stylized ring was very difficult to fill with molten metal, hence the failure rate was quite high.
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      11-07-2010 01:38 PM #24
      Here are a few from the Orphan Car Show in Ypsilanti, Mi several weeks ago

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      1929 Willys Knight



      1928 Isotta Fraschini


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      11-07-2010 06:11 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by barry2952 View Post
      I know about those, as the wiring could be concealed under the hood. How would you illuminate a radiator cap. There were a number of Lalique radiator caps at Meadow Brook last year, but I saw none with wires.
      No illuminated rad caps that I know of, just hood ornaments. And... while we call them "hood ornaments", most time, they were mounted to the cowl as the "hoods" were on the sides of the engine bay.
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      11-07-2010 06:18 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by atomicalex View Post
      No illuminated rad caps that I know of, just hood ornaments. And... while we call them "hood ornaments", most time, they were mounted to the cowl as the "hoods" were on the sides of the engine bay.
      I believe the cowl is the area between the hood and the windshield and front doors. The hood incorporated the top and side lids of the engine compartment.

      Please provide a picture of a Lalique mascot mounted to the cowl of a car. I've never seen one. They are always mounted to the radiator cap, from what I've seen.
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      11-07-2010 08:29 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by barry2952 View Post
      What's this hood ornament from?

      I have no idea but I absolutely love these types of sculptures when they are intricate and detailed as opposed to a sparkplug welded to a rusty something or other.

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      01-02-2011 12:01 AM #31
      this is by far the most civil/informative/amazing thread that i have ever seen here.

      in order to not ruin it, ill add in some of my own pictures.
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      01-02-2011 07:15 AM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by barry2952 View Post
      I believe the cowl is the area between the hood and the windshield and front doors. The hood incorporated the top and side lids of the engine compartment.

      Please provide a picture of a Lalique mascot mounted to the cowl of a car. I've never seen one. They are always mounted to the radiator cap, from what I've seen.
      Actually, I think you are right. I'm using cowl in the aviation sense, which is wrong here. For a car, cowl is right where you place it. I'm refering to the grille surround (an aviation cowl ). Rad caps of the period might have a thermometer fitted, but not an illuminated ornament. The ornament definitely had to be mounted to the body work.

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      01-25-2011 03:51 PM #34
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      01-25-2011 03:52 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by vwlarry View Post
      Hispano-Suiza's beautiful mascot:
      So incredibly elegant. One of my personal favorites.

      One of the Pontiac ornaments lit up.


      I actually licensed this shot to be used as set dressing for the movie Knight and Day. Guessing it never made it into the film, though... haven't actually watched it yet, haha.

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