Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Unfortunate hood ornament

Classic and Sportscar , August 1989

LaSalle hood ornament. The LaSalle was considered by some to be the "poor man's Cadillac" and the joke at the time was that the man was holding out his hat for donations to buy a real Cadillac.
 

3 comments:

VectorWarbirds said...

I notice these ornaments are selling for more than the original car cost in 1927. As they say its a strange world we live in.

Billy Oleary said...

René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle is rotating in his tomb...

rats said...

La Salle was credited, according to my Michigan School Board-certified 7th grade history textbook, with being the first chasseur du foret (is that anything close to correct?) to learn from his First Nations business partners how to rapidly tell if rain was falling. I believe this radiator cap depicts the explorer demonstrating the world-changing technology.

An alternative (and largely discredited) interpretation of the cap suggests that La Salle is showing another First Nations invention, the hemorrhoid cushion.