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February 23, 2019

Grilles Come In All Shapes and Sizes – Part 1

by Mike –

The purpose of the front grille is to allow air flow into the engine compartment and maybe the passenger compartment. The grille also plays a major role in the looks of the car and car designers have used the grille design as a key visual feature since the beginning.

Some car companies have employed the grille design as an important distingushing brand statement; Rolls Royce and Aston Martin come to mind. After all the front grille is in such a prominent location, it better look good as well as function properly.

Auburn

Auburn

The Auburn above has a tall, verticle grille like many other cars from the 1930s.

Corvette

1962 Corvette

The Corvette grille above is horizontal and looks like teeth.

Jaguar XK 140

Jaguar XK 140

The Jaguar grille is simple and elegant.

Aston Martin

1950s Aston Martin

Aston Martin

1960s Aston Martin

Aston Martin Zagato

1960s Aston Martin Zagato

Aston Martin Vantage

2000s Aston Martin

You can see the evolution of the Aston Martin grille in the pictures above but it has maintained the same basic shape since the early 1950s.

Spyker

Spyker C8

Spyker may be trying to start their own grille design tradition.

Ferrari Testa Rossa

Ferrari Testa Rossa

Ferrari Testa Rossa

Ferrari Testa Rossa

Notice two different front end designs on the Ferrari Testa Rossas above.

Nash Healey

Nash Healey

The Nash Healy grille is unusual with the headlights incorporated into the grille. It does not work for me.

Kaiser Darren

Kaiser Darren

The Kaiser Darren design seems to be more for looks than functionality.

Lamborghini Miura

Lamborghini Miura

The Lamborghini Miura appears to be smiling. The engine is in the back so most of the air flow to the engine does not go through the front grille.

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1923 Leyat

1923 Leyat

No grille is really need on the Leyat.

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Comments

  1. One could argue that the 1923 Leyat needs a grille more so than most if not all…

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