We saw many gorgeous cars at this year's Concorso d'Eleganza, the most prestigious automotive competition in the world. Of course, it's the cars themselves that took center stage, but I always find the hood ornaments and badges interesting, as well. The sheer level of detail and craft makes them tiny pieces of art, worthy of recognition. The following photo roundup showcases some of the most elegant ornaments, shot against the backdrop of the grandiose Villa d'Este and Villa Erba on the beautiful banks of Lake Como, Italy.
A unique little Art Deco sculpture: this scandalously nude woman was placed onto the hood as the personal mascot for a century-old Rolls Royce, well before today's official winged figurine .
The winged hood ornament for a 1930 Isotta-Fraschini 8A, which is very similar to the Packard mascot.
Two in one: the hood ornament ornament on the 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Zagato also functions as a thermometer.
Probably the most-recognizable hood ornament of all: the "Spirit of Ecstasy," also known as The Flying Lady, who sits atop the Rolls Royce, of course.
The blocky, Bauhaus-esque ornament of a pre-War German rigour, from a Wanderer (made by Auto Union).
Photos: Attila Nagy
What is your favorite hood ornament or car badge? Show us in the comments!