Emblems that scythe through the air

Pete Mait

Those splendid and graceful bonnet ornaments or car mascots seem to have disappeared from the streetscape – unless you happen to spot a classic car passing by. Most motor manufacturers dispensed with such status symbols long ago. For an original Rolls Royce 'Spirit of Ecstasy ' figure cast in an intricate lost wax process, collectors will readily part with 10,000 euros or more. In the photo gallery below, we show some particularly exquisite examples.