Hood Ornaments & Emblems Of Pebble Beach

So how about this for something different! When looking at older classics, have you ever noticed that they almost always feature some kind of ornament, sitting pretty either on top of the hood or on the grille? These days, only a handful of brands still add such things to a car’s front end, the most recognisable being the little lady that decorates Rolls-Royces.

Walking through the rows of vintage cars at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, it quickly became obvious that an image collection of these often intricate decorative pieces would be rather interesting. So that’s what I’ve done here. Scroll down to see the amazing attention to detail that many of these ornaments have, and check out some of normal emblems and badges I’ve added into the mix too.

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1936 Pierce-Arrow 1602 Country Club Roadster

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1935 Lincoln K LeBaron Convertible Roadster

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1936 Auburn 852 Speedster

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1936 Stutz DV-32 LeBaron Four Passenger Speedster

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1930 Gardner 140 Roadster

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1931 Chrysler CG Sports Imperial LeBaron Convertible Coupe

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1937 Cadillac Series 90 Fleetwood Seven Passenger Imperial Cabriolet

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1929 Cunningham Series V-7 Club Sedan

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1936 Cord Experimental LeBaron Limousine

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1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Touring Berlinetta

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1930 Marmon Big Eight Hayes Passenger Sedan

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1934 Duesenberg J Brunn Riviera Convertible Sedan

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1938 Horch 853 Erdmann & Rossi Special Roadster

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1931 Rolls Royce Phantom I Hibbard & Darrin Town Car

1930 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight Roadster & 1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight Boham Schwartz Convertible Sedan

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1937 Packard 1507 Twelve Coupe

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1931 Packard 840 Coupe Rollston Roadster

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1912 Moon 30 Raceabout

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1948 Delahaye 135 MS Figoni & Falaschi Cabriolet

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1971 Lamborghini Miura S Bertone Coupe

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1935 Aston Martin Ulster Sport

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Allemano Coachbuilder badge

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1936 Mercedes-Benz 290 Cabriolet A

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1934 Maybach DS 8 Zeppelin Spohn Cabriolet F

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1937 Bugatti Type 57S Gangloff Coupe

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1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet

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1935 Voisin C 25 Cimier

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1955 Fiat 8V Zagato Berlinatta

1953 Fiat 1100 Allemano Cabriolet

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1956 Maserati A6G 2000 Zagato Coupe

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1939 BMW 328 Mille Miglia Touring Coupe

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1967 Shelby Cobra 427 Series III

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1969 Bizzarini GT1900 Europa Coupe

So there you go, something different from Pebble Beach to mark the end of our coverage from this year’s Concours d’Elegance.

Next up I’ll be being you my first-time experience at The Quail, one of the fancier shows during Monterey Car Week.

Dino Dalle Carbonare
Instagram: speedhunters_dino
dino@speedhunters.com

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1

1935 Lincoln K LeBaron Convertible Roadster (The Greyhound) is possibly my favourite. Something about the pose, the subject matter and the imagery invoked... Plus I might have a retired greyhound...
I love the iconography of cars, the different symbols used to represent a manufacturer, the bonnet riding ornaments above etc and the internationally recognised symbols for controls really interest me.
Top work Dino!

2

I find hood ornaments and logos fascinating, especially learning about the history of them and why they were chosen, btw im sure "Pinin Farina" is actually one word.

3

What a great post! Thanks.

4

That '36 Auburn Speedster is incredibly stunning

5

maxvr6 Look at the date ... Dino is correct.

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I love emblems!  When I go to car shows, I try to collect pics of all the emblems/ornaments I've never seen before.  I thought I'd toss out a couple that i've seen.  First is an old Franklin (Forget the model) and I've no idea on the goose. It's American though.

8

Great article

9

The Ram head on older Dodges is one of the best.

10
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maxvr6 Pinin Farina is the nick name and surname of a guy called Battista "Pinin" Farina. The design and coachbuilder company he created is called Pininfarina

11
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Colouryum Something a little different :)

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@Sleeves345 That is pretty crazy!!

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CharlieSycamore Thanks!

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bluestreaksti Pix?

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Featuring something that people tend to miss in such event. Quite an epic idea you got there. Love it.

16

Not only do they have some interesting ornaments, but a lot of these older cars have such interesting names too. Most cars' names are just numbers nowadays.

17

I was hoping for this. Those Packard ornaments are just...*swoon*

Simply outstanding, Dino. If you go again, think we could get a full article on pre-war car wheels. or the engines, or maybe some spotlight on what these coachbuilders accomplished at the time?

18

speedhunters_dino maxvr6  Oh I see, very interesting Dino thank you, more stuff like this please :)

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Awesome topic! Although, it makes you wonder.. i pity the people that got hit on the road by some of these cars!!

21

the hood ornament certainly represents an elegance that is missing in modern super luxury cars

although with the design of modern cars, it seems difficult to incorporate an ornament

although Bentley has done a fine job by allowing the ornament to be concealed if desired - I like that touch

22

Long time lurker, first time posting, and bonnet ornaments is what finally tips me over. 
Reason being one of my most treasured possessions is the leaping cat from a Jaguar. My grandfather was a master diecaster at a factory in Wolverhampton (UK) and made up the original moulding for it. Never been fixed to a car, pristine chrome and beautiful. 
Thanks speedhunters_dino for some lovely images

23

So good to see something other than body kits.

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You forgot this one mate. 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Chapron Position Dropped Coupe

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