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The secrets behind your Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Bugatti hood ornaments

This year, the all-new 2020 Bentley Flying Spur came adorned with a large upright "Flying B" mascot on the hood. It's a notable offering: This will be the first time that this style of B, which will electronically rise to view from underneath a modern Bentley badge, will be featured on a modern-day edition of a four-door Grand Tourer. The last time the B appeared, the year was 1930 and the car was a Bentley Model 8-Liter.

The reputation of that winged B long precedes it, though. It comes from a history that winds through virtually all other blue-chip automakers of the day - and since...

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