17 Gorgeous Car Mascots That Defined These Classic Cars

By Attila Nagy on at

Even though I’m not a car buff, old-timer car shows and exhibitions attract me. One reason is car mascots: a distinctive aspect of each automobile that beautifully combines art, design and typography.

Hood ornaments and badges make the cars recognisable, and in the golden decades, the 40s, 50s, and 60s, these ornaments were little masterpieces.

The following pieces were photographed at a Hungarian Oldtimer cars exhibition in April, and include a mix of classic American and eastern and western-European car ornaments. Which one do you like the most? Bentley's classics? Volga or Chrysler? Also please share your favourite hood ornament in the discussions if you feel like!

17 Gorgeous Hood Ornaments That Defined These Classic Cars

Škoda 1000 MB Deluxe (Czechoslovakia, 1966)


17 Gorgeous Hood Ornaments That Defined These Classic Cars

Škoda Felicia (Czechoslovakia, 1959)


17 Gorgeous Hood Ornaments That Defined These Classic Cars

Csepel D450 truck (Hungary, 1957)


17 Gorgeous Hood Ornaments That Defined These Classic Cars

Wartburg 311 Coupe (GDR, 1964)


17 Gorgeous Hood Ornaments That Defined These Classic Cars

Volga M21 (USSR, 1962)


17 Gorgeous Hood Ornaments That Defined These Classic Cars

Bentley MK VI (UK, c1950)


17 Gorgeous Hood Ornaments That Defined These Classic Cars

Jaguar Mark V Saloon (UK, 1950)


17 Gorgeous Hood Ornaments That Defined These Classic Cars

Fiat 124 Spyder Abarth (Italy, 1981)


17 Gorgeous Hood Ornaments That Defined These Classic Cars

Chrysler Series 52 (USA, 1928)


17 Gorgeous Hood Ornaments That Defined These Classic Cars

Moskvitch 401 (USSR, 1947)


17 Gorgeous Hood Ornaments That Defined These Classic Cars

Chrysler Imperial CI (USA, 1932)


17 Gorgeous Hood Ornaments That Defined These Classic Cars

Chevrolet Impala (USA, 1960)


17 Gorgeous Hood Ornaments That Defined These Classic Cars

Chrysler Imperial (USA, 1958)


17 Gorgeous Hood Ornaments That Defined These Classic Cars

Chevrolet Master Deluxe (USA, 1938)


17 Gorgeous Hood Ornaments That Defined These Classic Cars

Ford Model-A Coupe (USA, 1928)


17 Gorgeous Hood Ornaments That Defined These Classic Cars

Pontiac Streamliner Eight Deluxe Saloon (USA, 1950)


17 Gorgeous Hood Ornaments That Defined These Classic Cars

Dodge Luxury Liner (USA, 1941)


Photos: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo