Is Your Mascot Missing? (Dec, 1955)

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Is Your Mascot Missing?

The passion for authenticity among classic car owners means money in the bank to Clairmonte.

Don Clairmonte of New York City’s Greenwich Village is a one-time car salesman who turned sculptor. One of his specialties is restoring, reproducing and creating mascots to ride up front on rejuvenated classics and custom jobs. His copies are chrome or nickel-plated bronze castings, and there’s no way of telling them from the real McCoy.

Top: Don Clairmonte compares restored ’31 Caddy Heron (left) with his copy. Below: sketches and final casting of a quail for a hunter’s custom buggy.

Antelope mascot for the 1933 Chrysler Imperial.

French Hispano-Suiza mascot: a heron.

Proper pedestal lor this figure of Mercury is a vintage Auburn.

English Clyno, a 1927 sport job. carried a griffin.

Herald from a ’29 Canadian Cadillac.

  1. Hirudinea says: June 16, 201111:09 am

    You can’t have these anymore because they impale pedestrians. Stupid pedestrians!

  2. Charlene says: June 16, 20116:11 pm

    The Vancouver Canucks might be asking the same thing this morning.

  3. Stephen says: June 17, 20116:34 am

    No picture of the most famous mascot of all: Rolls-Royce’s Spirit of Ecstasy.…

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