The art of deco hood ornaments

It must be at least seventy years since car radiator caps disappeared inside bonnets. Followed, soon after, by the ornaments that once bedecked them.

Safety regulations seem to have done for the last of them these days. But you can still find a few, if you loiter around a vintage car parade, camera in hand, looking for the art of deco. Enjoy. I did.

The Spirit of Ecstasy, 1920 style.
The Spirit of Ecstasy, 1920 style.
Classic, classic art...
Classic, classic art…
Like something out of Flash Gordon - the radiator 'bullet' on a 1937 Hudson Teraplane.
Like something out of Flash Gordon – the radiator ‘bullet’ on a 1937 Hudson Teraplane.
So cool!
So cool!

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2014


3 thoughts on “The art of deco hood ornaments

    1. I heard that too. I guess they would. But they were very neat. The last one in our family was on my father’s Jaguar, which he sold about the time I was born. True story: somebody pinched the radiator cap with its wonderful ‘Leaper’ motif while the Jag was parked in Wairoa, northern Hawke’s Bay. It was a rare model and no replacements to be had in NZ. While waiting for a replacement to be sent (sea-mail) out from Coventry, my father had to make do with a wooden bung. It wasn’t quite the same.

  1. Thanks Matthew. Well spotted. Good to celebrate such lovely things. I’ll explore further here. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox(plugged in now).

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