We spend a considerable amount of time here at Cartype documenting typography on cars, most notably, car emblems and logos. There is almost an endless list of stunningly striking typography, mostly from the past, these emblems exude craftsmanship which equals the engineering and design of the vehicles they are placed on.
Below is just a small (visual) list, arranged by brand of some of the ones we've found so far, but if you're up for a true feast, spend some time on the rest of this site to see even more.
1958 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super sean emblem.
1957 Alvis Super Coupe emblem.
Javelin and "target" emblem from a 1970 AMC Javelin SST 390. Less than 200 "Big Bad Greens" are registered in the USA.
Amilcar front grill emblem.
Apperson Bros. Automobile Co Kokomo Indiana USA Radiator Badge. (source: Apijunior)
1968 Aston Martin DBS emblem. (Image Credit Sebastien Morliere, allsportauto).
Austin emblem. (source: Wikipedia)
1929 Austin Seven Swallow emblem.
Autonacional S.A. emblem.
Audi Auto Union script emblem.
Austin Healy 3000 emblem.
3000 emblem from a 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark-III BJ8 Convertible.
Austin Healy Bugeye "Sprite" emblem.
Bantam emblem from a 1938 Bantam Boulevard Deliver van.
Beardsley Electric emblem. (source: John Lloyd)
Briscoe Motor Corp. emblem.
Luxus emblem from a 1964 BMW LS Luxus Saloon.
1907 Brush grill emblem. (by Joaquim Massana of Petit Comite).
Bugatti radiator script emblem. (submitted by Joaquin Massana).
Estate Wagon emblem from a 1975 Buick Estate Wagon.
Sedan De Ville emblem from a 1956 Cadillac Sedan De Ville.
1956 Cadillac Coupe de Ville grill emblem. (submitted by Joaquin Massana)
Cadillac radiator emblem. (submitted by Joaquin Massana).
1972 Chevy Cheyenne 20 Custom Camper emblem.
Imperial Crown emblemfrom a 1960 Chrysler Imperial.
Chrysler front grill emblem. (submitted by Joaquin Massana)
DS side emblem from a Citroen DS.
1919 Citroen radiator emblem.
1905 Darracq front grill emblem. (by Joaquim Massana of Petit Comite).
Pantera emblem from a 1971 Ford DeTomaso.
DeTomaso emblem from a 1971 Ford DeTomaso Pantera.
De Vaux 1930-1931 emblem. (source: Apijunior)
Dart 330 emblem from a 1962 Dodge Dart 330.
Dodge emblem from a 1966 Dodge Dart.
1918 Elizalde front grill emblem. (by Joaquim Massana of Petit Comite).
Empire Auto Company radiator emblem.
Front grill Empire script emblem from a 1911 Twenty Model C Speedster.
Essex emblem from a 1919 Series A Roadster. (less than 1000 built).
Facel-Vega Facel III emblem.
1973 Ferrari Dino GT 246 emblem. Produced from 1969 to 1974, The Dino brand was meant to be used for cars with engines that had fewer than 12 cylinders. The name "Dino" honors the founder's late son, Alfredo "Dino" Ferrari, who was credited with the design of the V6 engine.
After four show cars based on the 410 and 400 SuperAmerica chassis, the name had born the name Superfast, Ferrari unveiled the production version in 1964, the 500 Superfast. Powered by a 400 bhp, five litre V12. Its aerodynamic shape was a natural development of the 400 SuperAmerica it replaced, but it no longer featured covered headlights and partly covered rear wheels. Production lasted until 1966, in which only 37 examples were produced. The Superfast was the last in a great line of luxury GTs.
Ferrarii BB 512i 3.2 Mondial cabriolet emblem.
Fiat Abarth 1000 emblem. (submitted by Joaquin Massana)
1935 Fiat Simca 11CV emblem.
1966 Ford Anglia Deluxe emblem.
1962 Ford Consul 315 Classic (UK). (submitted by Joaquin Massana).
Crown Victoria emblem from a 1956 Ford Crown Victoria.
Pinto emblem from a 1972 Ford Pinto.
Galaxie 500 emblem, from a 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 convertible.
Ford Prefect. (source: smenzel)
The E and J Mfg. Co. 466 Model Ford emblem from a 1911 Ford Runabout.
GMC horn emblem from a GMC 100 pickup.
Hispano-Suiza front radiator emblem.
Hudson Wasp emblem from the 1950s.
1914 Hupmobile 32 emblem (submitted by Joaquin Massana).
1962 International BC-170 series truck emblem.
Jaguar E-Type_v12 emblem.
The Jowett Jupiter was a British car made by Jowett of Bradford from 1950 to 1954.
1954 "Kaiser" Manhattan emblem.
1954 "Kaiser" Manhattan emblem.
1954 Kaiser "Manhattan" emblem.
Corsair emblem from a 1953 Henry J Kaiser.
Lagonda Club emblem form a 1936 Lagonda LG6. (submitted by Joaquin Massana)
Lamborghini Espada emblem. The Lamborghini Espada is a grand tourer built between 1968 and 1978. The car was designed by Marcello Gandini of Bertone. The name "Espada" means "sword" in Spanish, referring to the sword that bullfighters use to kill the bulls.
1968 Lamborghini Islero emblem. The Lamborghini Islero was produced between 1968 and 1969. The car debuted at the 1968 Geneva Auto Show. It was named after a Miura bull that killed famed matador Manuel Rodriguez "Manolete" on August 28, 1947. (photo Г‚В© S. Morliere).
Lamlorghini Miura S emblem.
Older Lamborghini emblem.
Official automobili Lamborghini dealer sign.
La Salle front grill emblem.
LAS front grill emblem from a 1929 LaSalle Victoria two-door.
2003 Lancia Multijet emblem.
Lancia Stratos logotype. The Betone designed Stratos was built for one purpose, to win the World Rally Championship. Two prototype versions of the Stratos were shown, one during the 1970 Turin Motor Show and another a year later. The road going versions of this car was built only to satisfy the homologation rules.
Land Rover, Four Wheel Drive Station Wagon emblem.
1914 Le Zebre front grill emblem. (by Joaquim Massana of Petit Comite).
"L" crest from a 1952 Lincoln Capri hardtop.
Lincoln Zephyr V12 emblem from a 1937 Touring Sedan.
Maserati Indy 4700 emblem. Named to celebrate Maserati's two victories at the Indy 500, the Maserati Indy first appeared in 1968, at the Salon dell'Automobile di Torino as a prototype by Carrozzeria Vignale. Produced from 1969-1974.
Maserati Ghibli SS emblem. The Maserati Ghibli SS Spider and Maserati Ghibli SS was produced from 1970 to 1973.
Maserati Khamsin emblem. The Maserati Khamsin (named after the Khamsin, a hot, violent wind in the Egyptian desert) was a sports car introduced as Bertone protype in 1972 Turin Motorshow. Produced from 1974-1982.
Maserati Iniezione emblem.
Mazda Rotary Coupe emblem.
Benz Gaggenau emblem from a 1912 Benz Feuerwehr Motorspritze fire-fighting truck.
Benz logo on the front radiator of a 1912 3-Ton truck. A typical truck of the pre World War I days. It had a chain drive and solid rubber tires. The Benz trucks were manufactured at the Gaggenau factory acquired by Benz in 1907 to meet the growing demand for commercial vehicles. (source: Mercedes-Benz)
Mercedes-Benz Diesel front grill emblem from a 1938 l6500 Pritschenwagen. In 1935, Mercedes-Benz put the Gaggenau-built L6500 platform heavy-duty truck on the market. It was equipped with a powerful six-cylinder diesel engine and specially designed for long-haul transportation work. The three-axle version with a payload capacity of ten tons was sold as the L10000. (source: Mercedes-Benz)
Pheaton emblem from a 1956 Mercury Phaeton Monterey.
Colony Park emblem from a 1968 Mercury Colony Park Wagon.
Mini Cooper wheel cap from a 1982 Austin Mini Cooper.
Austin Mini Cooper emblem.
Packard Caribbean emblem.
Packard (Caribbean) emblem.
1927 Packard 443 Sedan Limousine emblem. (submitted by Joaquin Massana).
Peugeot Injection (404) emblem. (submitted by Joaquin Massana).
Peugeot 402 emblem. (submitted by Joaquin Massana).
Peugeot 201 radiator emblem.
Peugeot logo on topof radiator.
Peugeot emblem from a 163BR Torpedo. (submitted by Joaquin Massana).
Pininfarina emblem from a 1954 Ferrari 250 GT Europa.
Plymouth Fury emblem. (submitted by Joaquin Massana).
Tri Power emblem from a 1958 Pontiac Chieftain Convertible.
1955 Pontiac Safari station wagon emblem.
1957 Porsche 1600 Super emblem.
1980 Porsche 911 SC Weissach emblem.
1978 Puma GT 1600 emblem.
1978 Puma GT 1600 interior emblem.
American emblem from a 1964 Rambler American 220.
Rambler American emblem from a 1964 Rambler American 220.
Renault Teilhold emblem. (source: Joost J. Bakker IJmuiden)
1959 Renault Caravelle emblem.
Seat 1500 (Licensia Fiat), (submitted by Joaquin Massana).
Stoddard-Dayton front grill emblem. (source: John Lloyd)
1974 Steyr-Puch Pinzgauer emblem.
1960 Studebaker "Lark" emblem.
1984 Stutz Victoria rear emblem. (source: Stutz Registry)
Classic Subaru logotype emblem.
1962 Sunbeam Alpine Harrington LeMans coupe emblem.
Super emblem form a 1911 model.
1926 Talbot "11hp Six" emblem. (by Joaquim Massana of Petit Comite).
Thrif-T emblem. (source: John Lloyd)
1953 Triumph Mayflower emblem. (source: Trigger's Retro Road Tests!)
1964 Triumph TR4 emblem. (submitted by Joaquin Massana).
U.S. Long Distance plaque.
Umm emblem from an Alter Turbo.
1965 Volvo Sport PV544 (source: Planet Ludlow).
Volvo emblem from a 1964 1800s.
1920 Westcott Touring radiator grill script.
White front emblem from a 1907 White Steamer. This was the White House's first official car, now owned by Jay Leno.
Whippet wheel hub from a 1929 Whippet Willys-Overland.
Wolseley 15/60 emblem. (submitted by Joaquim Massana).
Wosleley Hornet mk II emblem.
1922 Zedel front grill emblem. (by Joaquim Massana of Petit Comite).
Zimmer interior emblem from a Zimmer Golden Spirit.
Zimmer exterior emblem from a Zimmer Golden Spirit.