A long time ago I drove a 1965 Mack B75 with the Mack 711 engine and quadruplex transmission and it had the chrome bulldog and later I owned a 1978 Mack R series with a Cummins 350 and the same chrome bulldog. What I understood was the Mack V-8 engine had the gold bulldog ornament. Just nitpickin here, but great hood ornaments all around.
We had an elderly customer that owned a 1973 Thunderbird, and we noticed during one service visit that part of the outer border was missing. We called the local dealer about obtaining a new one, but it was obsolete (naturally.) Thumbing through a copy of Hemmings didn't turn anything up, either. So, I plugged a cutoff wheel into a Dremel and carefully removed the rest of the border leaving only the winged bird. A little careful file work and it looked like it came that way. The customer loved it!
I can't believe that you didn't point out that the '55 Pontiac lighted up. That, on top of the fact that the entire ornament is spectacular, puts it in a class of its own. Some earlier Pontiac ornaments were also illuminated but, overall, they paled in comparison to the '55.
I don't know what vehicle it came from but I've seen an "Atlas" hood ornament on eBay that has him leaning forward with an illuminated globe on his back. I want to say it had a somewhat art-deco style about it, very sleek. I'd love to know what vehicle had it and see photos.
If your squeamish then I wouldn't continue........ You have been warned!! I had just picked up my lunch at the drive-thru. I was traveling my usual route from Green Bay Wi to Escanaba Mi in my 1983 Plymouth Reliant K. The hood ornament was the Chrysler emblem. Just as I sank my teeth into my burger the largest dragonfly I ever saw scored a direct hit at on that emblem eviscerating itself all over my windscreen. Lunch over!
Because Plymouth was named after Plymouth Binding Twine (by the Plymouth Cordage Company) I've often thought a ball of string with the end blowing in the slip stream would be fun. For some reason, the folks at the museum where I volunteer have never been very enthusiastic about replacing the hood ornament on the '36 Plymouth with a ball of string!
The 1953-54 Chrysler Imperial eagle was my favorite. Although its sharp, crisp, stylized design was at odds with the rounded contour of those Imperials, it was one of the most dramatic hood ornaments of the era.
Mom's '49 Nash Landau had a bomb sight on a chrome flash on the hood. Third day with my new drivers license I shaved it off under the back of a stake bed truck when I got my braking a bit wrong. After that Mom would drop it - pointy end first - into the carburetor to hold the choke butterfly open when it (frequently) flooded. Prop the hood open, remove the enormous oil-bath air cleaner and set it on the curb, drop the hood ornament down the carb, stamp on the clutch pedal to crank the starter until it fired up, and reverse the whole procedure. Quite a sight in her Sunday best in the church parking lot. Not much that could stop Mom!
Ignoring the fact all of the featured hood ornaments designs were absolutely oblivious to the devastating and most likely fatal injuries they would inflict on errant pedestrians — I shudder at the thought of being struck by an Oldsmobile rocket — one of the best from ’50s were the variants of the “Flying Lady” or “Flying Goddess” offered by Nash Motors Co. starting with the 1950 Airflytes. Designed by renowned pin-up artist George Petty and featuring his signature, the ornaments boast a sensuous “lady” sprawled on a unique wing design. Incredibly sexist by today’s standards, the “Flying Lady” was promoted by Nash as “the least expensive date you every had.”
1953 illuminated amber Pontiac. I was brought home from the Hospital in one. Later saw one in the waiting room for the Boardroom for the top executives at GM Headquarters while waiting to present my case for a new car model. Mentioned to a guy from GM powertrain and he delivered one to me on his next trip to my location (Korea). Mounted and on a shelf in my house.
Actually, Blind Faith’s premier album featured two covers. The first cover, to which you refer, was promptly dropped by Atco Records and replaced by a second boring cover featuring a poor quality black-and-white photo of the four band members. The first cover apparently was deemed too controversial at the time, not because of the hood ornament, but because the person holding the ornament was a topless, barely-budding, pubescent girl. Early editions of the album with the controversial cover are sought by collectors.
The '54 and '56 Chevys have an Art Deco style to them and may be the best zoomorphic examples. Mercury's emblem is very "jet age" without being too literal like some of the Oldsmobile Rocket emblems. The '56 Chieftan looks every bit a B2 bomber. The Cadillac's hood fins seem almost too understated, especially considering the size of the tail fins on its cars of those years. I find I like the human heads the least, but there are so many good examples. Some are works of art.
You missed the best Plymouth hood ornaments. Those of the 40's, the lighted Mayflower ornaments. I have a 42 Ply with the lighted Mayflower, my friend has a 47 also with a lighted Mayflower. These always draw attention at shows.
I have a 51 Ford Victoria hood ornament on the wall of my shop.It's sleek,smooth no crazy fins sticking up,it looks like it's going a thousand miles per hour just hanging there.I should admit that I've hade five differant shoe box Fords over the years.