I’ve noticed that people who believe in reincarnation and claim to have knowledge of past lives invariably identify themselves as having been Cleopatra or William the Conqueror. Nobody ever insists they were Oarman #12 on a Phoenician warship or an underage Whitechapel prostitute who died of syphilis. Despite the fact that the impoverished and ordinary population of the world has always greatly outnumbered the privileged ruling elite, we all see ourselves as somehow deserving of a royal title and the privileged lifestyle that accompanies it. This is perhaps why so many car names allude to hereditary nobility. This is your commenting task for this Monday: name all the vehicles named for royalty, the trappings of royalty such as crowns and thrones, or other aristocratic titles. Special thanks to suggesting this topic. The Caveats (there are always caveats):for
- References to simply being a ruler, leader or politician are not the same as nobility or royalty. A Dictator, for example, would not fit in this category because there’s no implication of inherited status or social class.
- Manufacturers’ marques, model names and trim lines are all fair game. Slang and nicknames are not.
- The names of concept cars, race cars, one-offs and stillborn prototypes are only allowable if it was an officially-bestowed name by an automotive manufacturer, recognized coachwork or styling house, or George Barris.
- Cars, light and heavy trucks, motorcycles are all fair game. No boats, ships or airplanes, please. Well, okay, I’ll throw in hovercraft and autogyros just to be generous.