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For those of us who love vintage cars, mascots (aka rad ornaments) are important parts of the cars. Many of them were offered from the factory, some from the dealers, some from stores, all are interesting, stylish works of art. Here are a few from the Concours of America. 

 

 

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Again great stuff my friend. You an uncommon ability to find details unseen by others like the pinstriped back side of a license plate.

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On 8/6/2019 at 2:28 PM, misterNNL said:

Again great stuff my friend. You an uncommon ability to find details unseen by others like the pinstriped back side of a license plate.

Thank you

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Found in my library of "Automobile Quarterly" reference books is a wonderful article written about the artists that created some of these hood ornament masterpieces and the story behind what inspired them.  The "beautiful, young and soaring woman" provided many of those stories, and for the same inspirational reasons, (lost-love, passionate trysts, etc), that anyone might imagine.   

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On 8/10/2019 at 1:16 PM, glusnifr said:

more model car kits need to come with these details

I agree, though that would require tooling up more full classics...something that seems unlikely these days. On the other hand, one of the cars photographed here is the best of show sharknose Graham Cabriolet owned by the Off Brothers of Hickory Corners. It is currently being tooled up by Automodello as a resin cast model, so there's hope for that one.

Howard,  do you ever go to Old Car Festival in Greenfield Village? I must assume that you are local also? Great photos!

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Just for fun I am going to take a crack at identifying these. Please correct me for the sake of accuracy. From the top they adorn:

31 Buick 90

35 Cadillac

Minerva (unknown year)

Pontiac  (about 1935)

Bugatti Royale (the Henry Ford Museum car)

Duesenberg J (Derham Tourster, J 431?)

47 Cadillac

57 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser (the Parfet car?)

31 Cadillac 

31 Chrysler Imperial 

34 Packard

41 Cadillac 

31 Cadillac 

37 Packard

31 Cadillac

41 Packard Darrin

39 Graham

30 Cadillac 

33 Cadillac  V 16 (Jeff Ozans car?)

30 Cadillac 

35 Cadillac 

3t Cadillac 

37 Cadillac 

32 Franklin

41 Packard

Rolls Royce 

Rolls Royce 

So how did I do? Oh, and gor the record,  no I was not able to attend the show this year; didn't have a car ready).

 

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On 8/24/2019 at 11:20 PM, Eric Macleod said:

I agree, though that would require tooling up more full classics...something that seems unlikely these days. On the other hand, one of the cars photographed here is the best of show sharknose Graham Cabriolet owned by the Off Brothers of Hickory Corners. It is currently being tooled up by Automodello as a resin cast model, so there's hope for that one.

Howard,  do you ever go to Old Car Festival in Greenfield Village? I must assume that you are local also? Great photos!

I do not go to the Old Car Festival. I am not local, I am in Toronto, Thanks.

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On 8/25/2019 at 7:16 PM, Eric Macleod said:

Just for fun I am going to take a crack at identifying these. Please correct me for the sake of accuracy. From the top they adorn:

31 Buick 90

35 Cadillac

Minerva (unknown year)

Pontiac  (about 1935)

Bugatti Royale (the Henry Ford Museum car)

Duesenberg J (Derham Tourster, J 431?)

47 Cadillac

57 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser (the Parfet car?)

31 Cadillac 

31 Chrysler Imperial 

34 Packard

41 Cadillac 

31 Cadillac 

37 Packard

31 Cadillac

41 Packard Darrin

39 Graham

30 Cadillac 

33 Cadillac  V 16 (Jeff Ozans car?)

30 Cadillac 

35 Cadillac 

3t Cadillac 

37 Cadillac 

32 Franklin

41 Packard

Rolls Royce 

Rolls Royce 

So how did I do? Oh, and gor the record,  no I was not able to attend the show this year; didn't have a car ready).

 

Interesting question. I was wondering the makes and models of just about all of them.

 

And on a side note. I can only imagine th time and effort to restore any or all of these. As I'm sure  fro the most part they are all zinc diecast. which time is not good to

Thanks for all the great pictures

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On 9/19/2019 at 3:46 PM, gtx6970 said:

Interesting question. I was wondering the makes and models of just about all of them.

 

And on a side note. I can only imagine th time and effort to restore any or all of these. As I'm sure  fro the most part they are all zinc diecast. which time is not good to

Thanks for all the great pictures

Yes, great photos. There several very similar beautiful leaping-lady ornaments in those photros.

As for the material, I bet that a good portion of these were cast from brass or bronze.  I suspect that cheap pot metal wasn't all that popular in those early days.

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I came across this yesterday. I really don't know what to say...

 

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