Hood Ornament #3 by bmac62 ()
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1926 was the first year that Pontiac Automobiles were built. The car was named after American Indian Chief Pontiac.
Found this classy hood ornament on a 1926 Pontiac in the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada.
Note: Chief Pontiac was a chief of the Ottawa tribe who became famous for his role in Pontiac's Rebellion (1763â��1766), an American Indian struggle against the British military occupation of the Great Lakes region following the British victory in the French and Indian War.
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I never dreamed I would see this hood ornament again in my life-time! From what I've heard each was hand crafted/finished. And thanks for the historical note about Chief Pontiac. I wonder how many Americans today know about Chief Pontiac or where the car's name came from? I certainly remember, but that's my/our generation, Bill. Beautiful cars. Very nice photo showing the coloring of the metal. You even got those piercing eyes! Keep up the good work! :-)
Great shot Bill! My reading of Pontiac's history was that he was neither an American Indian Chief or a Canadian Indian Chief. He should be, in my opinion, referred to as a Native Indian Chief, and when he did settle it was with the British. Regardless, he was doomed to perish ignominiously then later rise like a Phoenix from the ashes into an American hood ornament. That's way better than I will do, LOL!