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