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Grille badges/emblems

Does anyone have any knowledge and/or
History of these badges that I just purchased? Thank you in advance! I'm so intrigued by these things that I've developed an obsession.
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I'll take the easy ones;

Top left is AD/AC, a German heavy metal band that heavily influenced AC/DC... Or rather, "ADAC" the German automobile club, sort of like AAA, only way better in many ways. It is an early post-war badge, I believe, early 50s. I have seen originals mounted on 170s.

Top right is a City of Munich badge.



You must be getting quite familiar with eBay.de...lots on there.

http://www.hdrogers.com/carbadgesgerman.html

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I'll take the easy ones;

Top left is AD/AC, a German heavy metal band that heavily influenced AC/DC... Or rather, "ADAC" the German automobile club, sort of like AAA, only way better in many ways. It is an early post-war badge, I believe, early 50s. I have seen originals mounted on 170s.

Top right is a City of Munich badge.



You must be getting quite familiar with eBay.de...lots on there.

German Car Badges - Grille Badges- Auto Accessories for European British American and Asian cars trucks SUVs

Forgive my ignorance but why do people put these on the grills?
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kinda like fuzzy dice, they make it go faster.
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kinda like fuzzy dice, they make it go faster.
AWESOME!! I hear powdered rhino horn will make me get more than 12 mpg

Were those badges used to denote a car show win or something?
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Enamel grill badges were typically origin city or country, or auto club affiliation, being more expensive and permanent. Lots of cars even had accessory badge mounting bars where they could all be displayed.

The same era had plastic window decals for cities/regions visited, typically obtained on distant treks to show "BTDT, with this old POS", back when driving 3,500 miles was a meaningful journey fraught with breakdowns, mid-trip maintenance and "oh look, a car from way far away".

I don't think there's a rule or convention, that's just what I have observed on (European) cars from the 50s/60s.
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Enamel grill badges were typically origin city or country, or auto club affiliation, being more expensive and permanent. Lots of cars even had accessory badge mounting bars where they could all be displayed.

The same era had plastic window decals for cities/regions visited, typically obtained on distant treks to show "BTDT, with this old POS", back when driving 3,500 miles was a meaningful journey fraught with breakdowns, mid-trip maintenance and "oh look, a car from way far away".

I don't think there's a rule or convention, that's just what I have observed on (European) cars from the 50s/60s.
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Does having the badges attached to the grill for a long time contribute to damaging the grill?
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Does having the badges attached to the grill for a long time contribute to damaging the grill?
Note really. More of grille discoloration due to exposed and not exposed to the elements.

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There are also some badges that had some more interesting meaning...


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Here's the info I used to get mine, the MB Tech didn't even look at my odometer!

The Mercedes-Benz Classic Center, the first of its kind to be established by an auto manufacturer in the U.S., has re-launched the brand's popular High Mileage Award to recognize Mercedes owners' brand loyalty and their cars' durability. Mercedes-Benz cars have been known to routinely travel hundreds of thousands of miles, with more than a few eclipsing the million-mile mark.

The High Mileage Award is available free to Mercedes owners who have traveled at least 155,000 miles (250,000 km), and nearly 3,000 owners have downloaded the award application since it became available from the http://www.mbusa.com/classic web site on March 1. After completing the application, the owner must take the car to a Mercedes-Benz authorized dealer for odometer verification.

Mercedes-Benz first introduced the High Mileage Award in the 1960s, and owners proudly attached the Star and Laurel radiator grill badges that signified the milestone they had achieved. For the award re-launch, the badge has been redesigned and recognizes cars that achieve the 250,000, 500,000, 750,000, 1,000,000-kilometer and one-million-mile marks. In addition to a badge for the car's grill, the owner also receives a presentation folio with a High Mileage Award certificate.
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