Whether they're big and imposing or small and friendly, a great car grille is both a statement of intention and a work of art. Here are ten gorgeous automotive grilles you thought would make even George Foreman jealous.
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10.) Austin Healey Sprite
Suggested By: snapoversteer
Why It's A Great Grille: The Healey started production in 1958 in England, and has been making everyone that sees it smile since then. It may not be interestingly constructed or made of any kind of special material, but it just looks so happy, we don't really care.
Photo credit: Rene Staud
9.) Alfa Romeo
Suggested By: Don Flowmaster
Why It's A Great Grille: Don suggested the Tipo 33 specifically, and while we completely agree that it has a great looking grille (and love any excuse we get to post a picture of it) we'd like to broaden his suggestion to any machine from the Alfa family. The Alfa Romeo triangular grille is something of an icon, unchanged for decades. It may be bigger or smaller depending on the car (sometimes nearly nonexistent) but it's always there in some shape or form. For the sheer tenacity of the design, it earns a spot on the list.
Photo credit: IEDEI Automotive Soul
8.) Cord 810
Suggested By: abgwin
Why It's A Great Grille: The Cord is clearly a favorite here, getting dozens of votes in yesterday's comments. It showcases a louvered "Coffin" grille, and was the first car to offer independent front suspension with a solid axle in the rear. It's a beautiful example of Art Deco design, and its influence can still be seen in car design to this day.
Photo credit: Cord History
7.) 1967 Mercury Cougar
Suggested By: Crossdrilled
Why It's A Great Grille: The "Electic Shaver" front grille on the 1967 Cougar presents a unified look across the length of the car, hiding the headlights and anything else that would have cluttered up the design. It lasted for four years, until 1971 when the car was redesigned, and was offered in several finishes, though we're partial to the chromed one.
Photo credit: AvtoIndex.com
6.) Zenovo ST1
Suggested By: stuffelse
Why It's A Great Grille: Almost looking like a really angry cartoon fish, the Zenovo's grille is so scary, it's said to have sent small children running in tears (this is probably not true). If seen in a rearview mirror, slower cars are said to not just change lanes, but literally jump out of the way for fear of getting sucked in though its gaping maw. The Zenovo ST1 does not mess around when it comes to moving air over the radiator and looking awesome at the same time.
5.) 1970 Dodge Challenger
Suggested By: Goodthymes
Why It's A Great Grille: It's low, wide and mean-looking. Almost covering the top edge of the headlights, it seems to be glaring at whatever's in front of it, daring it to move. The car reeks of attitude, and it all starts up front with one of the most imposing grilles on the list.
Photo credit: CarGurus.com
4.) 1936 BMW 328
Suggested By: nt_conant
Why It's A Great Grille: The early BMW twin-nostrils aren't really so early anymore. They've been on the nose of nearly every BMW since the 303 of 1933, to the 3-Series you may have sitting in your garage. We happen to like these on the 328 because they're almost outrageously long and on a sporting automobile.
Photo credit: SeriousWheels.com
3.) 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado
Suggested By: DiExMachina
Why It's A Great Grille: Originally designed to be built on a smaller chassis, the Toronado's grille was stretched to fit on it's new frame. That's ok though, because in the process it became wider and thinner, framed by giant bumper overriders on either side and a pair of flip-up headlights on top. To us, it looks like the mouth of a Humpback whale, trawling the ocean for smaller fish to eat, which is a fair description, considering the size of the car.
Photo credit: Tourdemachine.com
2.) Ferrari 250 California
Suggested By: rawtoast
Why It's A Great Grille: The traditional Ferrari egg-crate grille has graced the nose of many of Maranello's finest street cars, and of course the California is no exception. Here, it's bigger and set back into the front opening more, making it look like the car is ready to suck down much more air to keep the legendary 250 engine cool.
Photo credit: TheAutoChannel.com
1.) Studebaker Champion
Suggested By: Kerc 2.0 Beta
Why It's A Great Grille: It looks like the nosecone of a rocketship. It was featured in The Muppet Movie, getting Kermit & Fozzie from the swamps of Florida to Hollywood. There's never been a car, before or since, with such a distinctively-designed nose.
Photo credit: Luca Blog