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Hood Ornaments and Radiator Caps

Updated on July 15, 2014

Vintage Hood Ornaments and Antique Radiator Caps

During the Golden Age of automobiles, the Hood Ornament (and before that the Radiator Cap) was the most prominent feature of a car's aesthetics. The Hood Ornament did more than identify a make; it defined the car's style.

Techno Classica 2011 in Essen - Hood Ornament Packard by Jorbasa, on Flickr

Flying Lady Hood Ornament - 1941 replica
Flying Lady Hood Ornament - 1941 replica

Flying Lady Radiator Cap

The Flying Goddess - One of the Most Famous of Mascot Styles

Guys love cars... Guys love women... and of course, Guys love Women on Cars!

Still, the Flying Goddess is no risque pin-up girl. She is the epitome of Art Deco style and grace, undeniably associated with high-end luxury.

An excellent article about the iconic Rolls Royce Flying Lady can be found at: the Flying Lady

Chevrolet Hood Ornament

Indian Chief Hood Ornament

Dodge Ram Car Mascot

Winged Hood Ornament

Originally, vintage radiator caps were not associated with specific manufacturers, but rather with the car's owner.

Mascots were commissioned by the cars' owners and were hand made by artists.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Can you send a picture of your eagle on radiator cap, so possibly I could view if it was possibly from a velie automobile built by the grandson of John Deere. Need a pic of the under edge for fit.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very eye-pleasing pieces on display here!

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      AstroGremlin 4 years ago

      Although hood ornaments caused pedestrian injuries and have been discontinued, some of the most beautiful artwork on cars of yesteryear. The Chrysler Building, as I am sure you know, was strongly influenced by hood ornaments.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a brass eagle radiator cap. Any idea what type of car it is for?

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      cdevries 6 years ago

      I wish cars still had hood ornaments - what great little sculptures!