I recently posted a series of photos featuring the Dodge Ram hood ornaments of 1931, 1934, 1936 and 1937, showing how a central motif of a brand was modified as automotive design evolved. Also, I recently made a post featuring a 1954 Pontiac, with its Chief Pontiac hood ornament design. Today’s post features a 1953 Pontiac.
I encountered this Pontiac in 2017 at a show presented by VanDusen Chevrolet Buick GMC in Ajax Ontario. Sadly, the show didn’t last long as the clouds rolled in and the rain came down fairly hard. But I managed to grab a couple of shots of a few cars anyway.
As you can see, the 1953 is distinct from the 1954 model in a number of ways. The hood ornament of the ’53 features a stylized double headdress, as opposed to 1954’s design where the Indian head is part of a jet-inspired design. Also, the 1953 design features 6 individual ‘silver streaks’, a more traditional interpretation of the long-used Pontiac motif. The 1954 design turns the silver streak into a broad stainless steel applique. Lastly, the 1953 maintains a circular emblem in the grille, while the 1954 moved the circle logo onto the hood.
I shot this 1953 Pontiac with my Nikon D3200, 18-55mm Nikkor lens, at ƒ/7.1, 1/200 second exposure and ISO 100. Post processing was done in Photoshop and Topaz Adjust, to give a more dramatic interpretation of the subject.