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1957 Chevrolet Accessory Hood Ornaments

Sunday, February 2nd, 2020

General Motors was well aware of the disposable income increasing in the American working class in the 1950’s. The Chevrolet Motor Division offered more dealer accessories than ever before to take advantage of this economic growth.

One of the more unusual was a pair of hood ornaments created for the two ridges of the 1957 Chevy trucks (Some would say they were a take-off from those of the 1957 cars).

Created for the more deluxe 1957 Chevy ½ ton, however, they would fit perfectly on the larger truck hoods. The enclosed drawing is removed from a 1957 Chevy Accessory book of that year plus three color photos of the ornaments installed.

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1953 Accessory Ornament

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

In the 1953 Chevrolet truck accessory book, there is a charging bull head displayed as an optional hood ornament. During my past 20 plus years in this hobby, I have heard reference toward this accessory but have never seen an example or heard of another person seeing one. Does a reader have one? Has anyone seen this option on an original truck? Did this ornament actually make production after the 1953 booklet was printed in late 1952?

1953 accessory ornament 1

Accessory Hood Ornament

11953 accessory hood ornament 2

1954-1955 Radio Blank Out

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

All 1954-1955 Chevrolet/GMC trucks came from the factory with a blank-out plate to cover where the radio would be installed. As this accessory was dealer installed the plate could be removed (probably thrown away) and the new radio added.

This blank-out plate and its two special clips has become very rare in recent years. They are not being reproduced. The enclosed photos show an original painted plate. The Chevrolet unit is the interior cab pearl beige color with a stamped bow-tie in black. GMC chose to not add their logo. These plates are just like Chevrolet except have a smooth surface with no trade letters.

1954 1955 radio blank out 1
Chevrolet (installed)

1954 1955 radio blank out 1

Chevrolet (above)

1954 1955 radio blank out 2

GMC (above)

1954 1955 radio blank out 3

Back View (above)