My Car Quest

December 9, 2022

Classic Car Iconic Icons

by Mike –

The word icon has become very popular in the classic car world especially by anyone selling a car or writing a classic car auction catalog.

When a word is used too much it can lose its meaning and its power. This has happened to other words in the English language and it may be happening to the word icon when used as an adjective for a classic car.

Mercedes 300SL Roadster

Mercedes 300SL Roadster

The Mercedes 300SL Roadster is surely a classic car icon. Some pundits would say that the Ferrari 250 GTO is very iconic. I say it is just an icon without any degree of iconic strength.

If one says that one classic car is very iconic then that means that another is merely iconic or barely iconic. Where is the boundary between iconic and not iconic or iconic and very iconic?

It gets confusing when we make up words or try to change their meaning. The French would not allow this to happen but in the English speaking world we change words and make up new words all the time.

Ferrari 250 GTO

Ferrari 250 GTO

This video is 1:36 long. How would you have answered these questions if you were Billy in this video?

Icon could have been included in Car Collector Clichés And Contradictions.

Let us know what you think about classic car icons in the Comments.

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This animation was originally published in December 2011.


  1. It has nothing to do with religion?

    How old does a car have to be to be an icon?

    Who decides which people and cars are icons?

    I think these are all great questions that need answers.

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