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Optimizing the Optima

by | Apr 26, 2019 | Optima | 19 comments

This is the Optima Super that I call The Belle of the Insurgency. You may recognize her from my book.


When I found her in 2011, she was a sorry sight and needed a long bath in Evaporust before she could be used and repainted.

Recently, I keep noticing Kia Optimas … and this gave me an idea.

You can easily find an Optima emblem on eBay.


Not bad, huh?

This got me thinking: how many other names are shared by typewriters and cars?

I came up with the following list. Can you add to it?

88
Champion
Citation
Coronet
Corsair
Cougar
Electra
Invicta
Malibu
Mercury
Monarch
Newport
Passat
Special

19 Comments

  1. Bill M

    Great idea. Looks good.

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  2. MTCoalhopper

    I have an Oliver that demands a compete rebuild and repaint. I've wondered if I could find an insignia off some Oliver farm implement, small enough to use on a typewriter. Or, maybe I should just go for irony, and use a John Deere insignia?

    And, of course, there's no shortage of Remington logos, if one doesn't mind the sporting firearms correlation.

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  3. Mary E

    This gave me a chuckle this morning. As they say: go big or go home.
    Here's a few more typewriter/car names:
    Cadillac Eldorado/ Royal Eldorado
    Ford Mustang / Royal Mustang
    Ford Escort / Montgomery Ward Escort

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  4. Ted

    Fantastic! :D

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  5. Richard P

    A correspondent mentions the Ford Courier small truck and the Smith-Corona Courier.

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  6. Mr.E

    Mercedes

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  7. Richard Bettes

    …And for all of us older insurgents: Studebaker Commander/Tower Commander; Packard Clipper/Smith Corona Clipper; Hudson Commodore/Tower Commodore…
    Richard Bettes

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  8. Richard Bettes

    Oops! was thinking of the Commodore 64–not really a typewriter, but Studebaker President/Tower President

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  9. Joyce S.

    Great list and additions! What about HUMMER for the Groma Kolibri? I think I will add an emblem to mine.

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  10. Joyce S.

    BMW Alpina emblem for the Alpina? Seems like it belongs since the company changed from typewriter manufacturing to cars.

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  11. DonN

    Princess

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  12. Paul Harker

    Waiting for a hybrid called the "Silent-Super"

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  13. Anonymous

    Royal (QDL) Escarabajo.
    Tengo una con grave dermatitis de oxido. Sus curvas son muy de VW escarabajo. Así la baitizare.

    Reply

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