There's a certain nostalgic magic to a well-designed hood ornament or a perfectly-placed automobile badge. They still have 'em today, sure. But they lack the romance of the past: the elaborate scripts, the names that covered entire trunks, the dramatized objects carved into miniature sculptures that announced your arrival. What was it about a simple blocky number that told you so much about car and driver?
At the end of the day, maybe we're just suckers for the past and are sadly ignoring the highlights of our current day. Either way... here's some swoon-worthy images to get us all through.