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Question of the Day: Greatest hood ornament of all time?

Just about every car used to have a hood ornament, but now they're nearly extinct.

From leaping carnivores to flying princesses, the automotive world has produced some great hood ornaments. What's the best?

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Cadillac logo losing its wreath?

The easily recognizable Cadillac logo dates back to the company's founding in the early 1900s, but over the last 110 years, there has been an on-again, off-again love affair with the wreath surrounding the crest. Cadillac's current badge design has used the wreath since the 1980s, but Automotive News is reporting that GM's luxury division is planning to ditch the laurel wreath for a cleaner-looking logo.

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Taking time to enjoy the little things

What separates an old car from a classic? In many cases, not a lot. Beautiful sheet metal, a legendary powertrain or world-class performance could make a world of difference, and so can attention to detail.

Priory Fine Arts flies the Spirit of Ecstasy with reproduction sculptures

Spirit of Ecstasy sculpture by Priory Fine Arts – Click above for high-res image gallery

Say It Ain't So: Bentley issues recall over retractable hood ornament rust

Bentley Flying B – Click above for high-res image gallery

Meadowbrook 2009: Hood ornamentation, front and center!

1924 Hispano-Suiza H6B Coupe deVille hood ornament – Click above for high-res image gallery

UPDATE: Mercury logo plans

These are the issues that define our times. Forget the volatile price and supply of oil, an economy teetering between robust growth and rampant inflation, worldwide strife. What really matters is whether Mercury will make a change from the "waterfall" stylized M logo to something more retro. Well, our Deep Throat inside Ford has dashed any hopes of seeing the "Winged Messenger" return. Rather than get all distracted with shifting the marketing plan, Lincoln-Mercury is hard at work getting the pr