Triumph Spitfire Versus Supermarine Spitfire: Cars fight their flying namesakes

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Cars and planes often share names. Sometimes it’s because car manufacturers want to evoke the glamour of the plane and sometimes it’s coincidence. We pit these namesakes against each other, to find out see which is more worthy of their name. Contestants ready? Fight!!

Round 1. Buick Wildcat II versus Grumman F4F Wildcat

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Winner: Grumman F4F Wildcat

Round 2: Triumph Spitfire Versus Supermarine SpitfireImage

Winner: Supermarine Spitfire

Round 3: Volkswagen Caravelle Versus Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle

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Winner: Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle

Round 4: Mitsubishi Mirage Versus Dassault Mirage III

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Winner: Dassault Mirage III

Round 5: Lincoln Zephyr Versus QinetiQ Zephyr

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Winner: Lincoln Zephyr

Final score: Planes 4  Cars 1

Other examples include:

Airspeed Ambassador / Austin Ambassador
Atlas Impala / Chevrolet Impala
Beagle Terrier / Leyland Terrier
Beech Baron / Chrysler Le Baron
Beech Sierra / GMC & Ford Sierra
Cessna 208 & 406 Caravan / Dodge Caravan
Cessna 404 Titan / Leyland Titan
Dassault Falcon / Ford Falcon
Fairchild Metro / Austin (Rover) & GEO Metro
HP Herald / Triumph Herald
HP Victor / Vauxhall Victor
IAI Astra / Vauxhall (Opel/Saturn) Astra
Lockheed C-5 Galaxy / Ford Galaxy
Northrop Talon / Eagle Talon
Piper (Ted Smith) PA60 Aerostar / Ford Aerostar
Piper PA22 Colt / Mitsubishi Colt
Piper PA23 Aztec / Pontiac Aztec
Piper PA28 & Bombardier Challenger / Dodge Challenger
Piper PA28 Cherokee / Jeep Cherokee
Piper PA28 Cruiser / Chrysler PT Cruiser
Piper PA46 Malibu / Chevrolet Malibu
Sikorsky S76 Spirit / Dodge Spirit
Sud Caravelle / VW Caravelle
Supermarine Spitfire / Triumph Spitfire
Vickers Vanguard / Vauxhall Vanguard
Vought & Cessna 425 Corsair / Ford Corsair
Vought F7U Cutlass / Oldsmobile Cutlass

If you enjoyed this, have  a look at the top ten British, French, Swedish, Australian,  Japanese and German aeroplanes.

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5 comments

  1. sasaki

    Oops, Hayabusa is Suzuki. Kawasaki motorcycle is Ninja… and yes, we have flying Ninja too! Kawasaki OH-1 helicopter is nicknamed “Ninja”.

  2. duker

    It was the Standard Vanguard not the Vauxhall. Standard later rebranded with its Triumph nameplate- they were the Audis of their day.

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