Best Car Names – Poll Results


How to tackle this one?

If anyone arrives on this page after searching “Best Car Names” then let me explain. This page is frequented by a large number of Saab enthusiasts. The results of my Best Car Names poll therefore – rather predictably – place a few Saab models high in the standings. Very high. Definitely higher than what the models would have placed on a poll at almost any other site (especially when you consider many non-Saab people wouldn’t have even heard of a Viggen or a Sonett).

So…… the raw poll results finished with a Top 10 as follows:

  1. Saab Viggen
  2. Jensen Interceptor
  3. Saab Sonett
  4. Lancia Delta Integrale
  5. Lancia Stratos
  6. Triumph Spitfire
  7. Maserati Quattroporte
  8. Ferrari Testarossa
  9. Dodge Viper
  10. Aston Martin Vanquish

Two of the best car names of all time belong on Saabs? Really? I think the Swadeology audience might be lacking some objectivity 🙂

As much as I love both the Viggen and the Sonett – and while I can see an argument for the Viggen being well placed (maybe not top 10, but still well placed) – I’m not sure they deserve to be there.

Maybe it’s worthwhile taking them out to see what some might call the real list?

  1. Jensen Interceptor
  2. Lancia Delta Integrale
  3. Lancia Stratos
  4. Triumph Spitfire
  5. Maserati Quattroporte
  6. Ferrari Testarossa
  7. Dodge Viper
  8. Aston Martin Vanquish
  9. Alfa Romeo Disco Volante
  10. De Tomaso Pantera

That’s a list I can better relate to in respect of best ever car names. 60% Italian, 30% British and 10% everywhere else. Makes sense to me.

I think if anyone with a limited knowledge of cars saw one of those names, they’d have a positive impression before they ever saw the car. As a car enthusiast, they’re all names that inspire. They hold you in anticipation of what you might be about to see. That’s what a good car name’s meant to do, isn’t it?

And they sound damn cool, too.


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  1. Just want it to be known that I abstained so my bias wouldn’t influence the vote. Might’ve voted for the Quattroporte anyway. But, if Saab had a Gripen, I might’ve voted that.

  2. I think that the Saab Viggen deserves its place in the top 10. It’s a great name.

    We also need a category for most appropriate names. The Ford Mustang, Honda Civic and Land Rover are three names that are perfectly descriptive.

  3. I have an idea that a large number of late model Saab drivers have no awareness of the Sonett and 92/96 models. What do you think?

    1. I know I don’t care for the inference but am not certain what constitutes a “late model Saab driver” anymore. All Saab owners fit the bill these days in my opinion. Well, the “late” part anyway.

      Do the people you currently see or know driving a late model BMW, Audi, VW, Nissan/Infinity, Toyota/Lexus/Scion, Honda or other somewhat common car make you think they have any knowledge of their brands previous or historic models? Should it matter?

      I think enthusiasts of any make know and care no matter which MY they drive. Those who aren’t enthusiasts but simply are new car buyers serve an even greater and necessary purpose to, hopefully, keep the manufacturer afloat. Maybe they’ll buy or lease another one and someday, just someday, covet an aforementioned Sonnett or a 92 and then a 96.

      tl/dr: I want the contents of the Saab Museum and I want it now!

  4. The Plymouth Fury is a great name for a US Muscle Car. Also the Super Bee, Charger and Challenger were great names. I am not a Mopar fan though they did come up with some great names. I also always like the name AC cobra. There is definitely something to name of a car. I would prefer a Charger or Challenger any day over a Z-28 or a Firebird. Something about a name that rolls of the tongue. Swade, thanks for creating the survey.

  5. Many names sound better in Italian. Maserati fourdoor or Ferrari Redhead just don’t have the same ring to them. 🙂 Same for Spyker Venator instead of Spyker Hunter.

    1. If Saab was Italian, they would be called the Saabini Sonetto or Saaboni Viggano.

      I wish Saab would have used some more exciting names. Warbird, Terminator or even Saab Venator would have been a nice change from the usual numbers.

      1. Would have been too militaristic for me. I prefer Viggen (even knowing that it is actually named after the fighter jet, and not the meteorological phenomenom) .

  6. Great excuse to post your much-admired Viggen pic again though, eh?

    Very surprised the Diablo didn’t take it, honestly. I’d bet my lunch on it taking out the prize in a “normal” poll for “normal” people. Cough.

  7. I am a Saab fan, but wouldn’t put any of their model names in the Top 10 or even near the Top 10. I do think Aero, ARC and Linear were great trim level names! I like the Mercury Cougar name—-Chevrolet Monza—-Pontiac Sunbird—-but maybe the all time best is Acura Legend.