Driven to Write considers the cream of the motorist’s alphabet
Every niche has its own alphabetical hierarchies. For computers, maybe ‘X’ is the best letter, or perhaps lower case “i”, but top of the motorists alphabet must be ‘S’. ‘S’ is the most Special letter, whatever it stands for. Just seeing an ‘S’ attached to a car’s name lets you know that it will be better and faster than a car that only has an ‘L’ or, horror of horrors, a ‘D’, a letter that offers only parsimony, slipperiness, smell and clatter, unless it is a Citroen.
Here are some significant ‘S’ cars.
Mercedes SSK (standing for Super Sport Kurz)
Mercedes 300SL (standing for Sport Leicht)
Alfa Giulietta SS (standing for Sprint Speciale)
Rover 3500S (surprisingly standing for Synchomesh)
SS Jaguar (standing for Swallow Sidecars, though history gave it a darker meaning hence Jaguar became a brand rather than a model)
Chevrolet Chevelle SS (standing for Super Sport)
Citroen SM (possibly standing for Série Maserati, though disputed)
McLaren 650S (standing for Super)
Datsun 510SSS (possibly standing for the noise the engine made when cooling down)
McLaren 570S (in this case standing for Sport)
Mini Cooper S (apparently standing for S)
Of course, some might say that ‘S’ has had is day. Indeed, over the past few years, the need to appear to be keeping up with the world of IT has seen serious challenges from ‘X’ and, especially, ‘i’ though, being a company rooted in the world of IT, Tesla uses both ‘S’ and ‘X’ for model names.