Top 10 luxury hood ornaments that have stories behind


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Not many hood ornaments are used by carmakers nowadays.

Speaking of the hood ornaments that beautify the cars, most people only know about Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and Mercedes-Benz, etc with their special designs that engrave in car enthusiasts’ minds. But do you know many other carmakers have also adopted front beautifiers?

Let’s check out’s list of 10 most popular ornaments from carmakers and see if you know them all.

1. Rolls-Royce - Spirit of Ecstasy

Of course, the Spirit of Ecstasy can’t be missed from this list. The Flying lady is the most famous ornament in the world of cars. Since 2004, it was made retractable into the hood to prevent theft as well as harms it may cause to the pedestrians during crashes.

Rolls-Royce's bonnet ornament Spirit of Ecstasy

The Spirit of Ecstasy

2. Bentley - Flying B

This ornament has been one of the most aged symbols made by Bentley. Having been through tremendous modifications since 1919, the Flying B is now also equipped with the ability of auto-retracting to avert worse injuries to pedestrians.

Bentley's bonnet ornament Flying B

The Flying B

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3. Mercedes-Benz - Three-pointed star

This is definitely the ornaments you could easily spot on the daily roads. However, you may be left astounded to learn that in the 80’s and early 90’s this ornament is one of the fanciest on the street, making it a dream for car enthusiasts to have one.

Mercedes-Benz's bonnet ornament Three-pointed star

The three-pointed star

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4. Mercedes Maybach- Double M

Brace yourself for a shocking fact! The famous Double M ornament has one M for Maybach, and the other is not for Mercedes. It stands for Motorenbau.

Mercedes Maybach's bonnet ornament Double M

The Double M

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5. Jaguar - Leaper

Being the signature of a Jaguar vehicle in the past, this ornament was discontinued in 2005 for pedestrian safety. It’s still unknown why the carmaker doesn’t rely on other solutions such as making it retractable as Rolls-Royce or Bentley had done.

Jaguar's bonnet ornament Leaper

The Leaper

6. 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 175 Gran Sport Zagato

This transcends a normal hood ornament, it even acts as a thermometer which informs the driver about the engine’s temperature.

bonnet ornament of 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 175 Gran Sport Zagato

The hood ornament of the 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 175 Gran Sport Zagato

7. 1935 Buick 96S Sport Coupe

Looks like the car always wishes for more speed.

bonnet ornament on 1935 Buick 96S Sport Coupe

The hood ornament of the 1935 Buick 96S Sport Coupe

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8. 1934 Cadillac 452d Fleetwood

1934 Cadillac 452d Fleetwood ornament

The hood ornament of the ​1934 Cadillac 452d Fleetwood 

9. Lincoln - Greyhound

 Lincoln's bonnet ornament Greyhound

The Greyhound ornament

10. Bugatti - Dancing Elephant

Bugatti's bonnet ornament Dancing Elephant

The Dancing Elephant​

Due to the safety enforcement, the laws enacted in the 90s stated that the carmakers had to comply with pedestrian safety to make their ornament or other hood enhancements retractable, bendable, or breakable. This might be the reason why many manufacturers capitulated on those hood designs for their cars.

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