I got an email tonight from a mate named Dr Roman Candle, who lives in Germany. Upon reading it, I replied that there’s a blog post in this, so I don’t think he’ll mind that I reproduce it here:
Saw a Lancia Delta Integrale on the road today and wondered if it was in the top three names for cars of all time….Jensen Interceptor being the Bradman of the genre.
For those of you reading from non-cricketing countries, the Bradman reference is what you might otherwise call “the cream” or “the top shelf”. Put simply, it means the best.
The Lancia Delta Intergrale certainly does roll off the tongue nicely. And the Jensen Interceptor has a very deliberate air of authority about it.
Right: This effort from Pagani doesn’t win.
Well, I think we can count out 300SL, M3, A4, i30 and all those formulaic types. There are some great cars with alpha-numeric names so that hurts a little but we’re after the best name, not necessarily the best car.
We’re after the stuff that has a certain romance about it. Names that sounds exotic, that roll off the tongue with a rhythm that makes you want to say them again and again. Names that inspire, create desire, names that light your fire.
Another mate, Turbin, suggested the very worthy Plymouth Fury.
I’d like to add my own nomination – the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante.
The jury’s out in my mind on the best between the Lamborghini Countach and the Lamborghini Diablo. The Countach is the sentimental favourite but the Diablo does have just a touch more lunacy about it. Diablo.
Oooh, but then there’s the Lamborghini Aventador. I guess we’ll have to have two Lamborghinis.
I’d also suggest anything with Superleggera in it, but that’s too broad (and already related to the modern Disco Volante already mentioned).
Aston Martin Vanquish? The Aston Martin Lagonda actually sounded exotic but then you have to look at it. Whilst the quality of the car isn’t necessarily important in judging the quality of the name, it shouldn’t burn your eyes to look at it.
The Rolls Royce Phantom might be a candidate if it didn’t have Rolls Royce in front of it. Actually, there are a bunch of Rollers that would fit the bill if you took out the company name – Silver Spirit, Ghost, etc. But IMHO, Rolls Royce is just too good to be baaaaad.
Give me your nominations. Give them to me now!