Nostalgia is a powerful thing, and it’s rife in this gallery, which celebrates the finest hours of car companies which are no more.
Warning: contains seriously retro images, many of which can only be viewed through rose-tinted spectacles.
3. Groundbreakers: the cars that did it first
It’s nice to get there first, especially in the car industry. You probably already know that the first car was the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, but could you tell someone what the first car with a diesel engine was? The answer is the Mercedes 260D - you can have that one on us.
For the rest, you’ll have to take a scroll through the gallery.
2. The meanings behind car makers' emblems
Find out where all your favourite car makers’ emblems originate from, from the simple to the utterly ridiculous.
Example: Alfa is an acronym for Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili, while Romeo is the surname of the businessman who bought the company in 1915. Of the badge, the red cross on the left is the symbol of Milan, while on the right is a crowned viper swallowing a Moorish man – the insignia of the House of Visconti, which historically ruled the city. Hence Alfa Romeo.
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