Motometer Temperature Gauges

early motometerThe forerunner of hood ornaments was the motometer, essentially a thermometer that screwed into the radiator cap.
It's purpose was to keep the driver informed of theBoyce Motometer in Box engine's temperature. The very first automotive motometer was introduced by Boyce in 1912, and almost every early motor car had one. With improved cooling methods and dashboard temperature gauges the hood mounted motometers were no longer needed by the late 1920's. The empty space that was left on top of the radiator slowly began to be replaced by the fashionable and ornate hood ornaments that we know today.

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