[ROVERNET - UK] Saloon / Sedan / Hardtop ???

Glen Wilson glenwilson at cavtel.net
Fri Feb 17 02:59:53 GMT 2006

Gundry, Kenneth wrote:
> My car was described simply as the
> five-seater, as opposed to several versions of the saloon (hard-top
> sedan in American, I think) and two and four seat sports models.	
I don't remember if Steve Manwell had any input on choosing the name 
Rover Saloon Touring Club of America for our club, or if it was down to 
me. I don't even think the potentially humorous play on words re touring 
saloons (i.e. drinking establishments) occurred to me until after the 
name was chosen. I think that I was influenced by the British Automobile 
Touring Association of Nova Scotia and the British Saloon Car Club of 

The point of this posting is that I am always amazed that so many car 
people in the USA have never heard the automotive term "saloon" before 
they encounter our club in some listing. Sometimes they call looking for 
some sort of "salon" for classic cars. I put the word in there to 
distinguish it from all of the Land Rover 4WD clubs there are in the USA 
and the web. I still hear from people who want to sell or buy Range 
Rovers.  I might have said "Rover Sedan" but "Rover Saloon" seemed more 
appropriate and sounded a little bit artsy. I suppose words like 
"cabriolet" would stump the same people except for the sale of VW 
drop-tops over here.

Anyway, that's my thought for the day...


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