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Ornamentations Vol.3 – Pontiac Chief

October 19th, 2011 by Stu

Here’s the latest from our resident photorealist Bob Petillo (I bet you don’t have your own photorealist). In his 3rd installment of the aptly named Ornamentations series, Bob continues to explore the long-retired automotive design practice (well, Rolls Royce still does it but hey, they’re Rolls Royce) of using elaborate hood ornaments to make bold statements about the spirit or character of the car it adorned. Pictured here, Chief Pontiac mounted to the hood of a ’33 Pontiac.

“Over the decades there were many versions of the Chief Pontiac hood ornament. Hood Ornaments where often changed, redesigned or streamlined along with year and model. It was the 1933 Pontiac that had this very realistic rendering. It also had a winged V8 medallion on the front of the hood. It seems that the overall theme was one of feathers and flight. How cool!”

Very cool indeed. Thanks Bob!


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