Writing inspirations – the art of the radiator cap

Who’d have ever imagined that an Italian car company might produce radiator caps in the shape of a rearing elephant? Well, Bugatti did. Here’s the one adorning their 1930 Bugatti T-46.

1930 Bugatti T-46 radiator cap.
1930 Bugatti T-46 radiator cap.

It’s an amazing piece of 1930s sculpture by any measure – and here it is, as part of a vehicle. Of course, there’s no question that cars – and 1930s cars especially – were wonderful examples of industrial art. And I think that it’s in discoveries such as this that writers can find inspiration, if they know where to look for it.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2015

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5 thoughts on “Writing inspirations – the art of the radiator cap

  1. It’s my recollection that the gargoyles on Manhattan’s Chrysler Building were based on radiator caps of cars of the 1920s. Also apparently there are gargoyles on the Chrysler Building, which, who knew?

    1. I certainly didn’t. The gargoyles atop Notre Dame once vomited water on me because I happened to be standing under them when it rained, but that is a completely different matter. I learned a lot about Medieval guttering design.

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