Car Names That Start with S
Do you consider yourself a car aficionado? If so, how many car brands can you name off of the top of your head? How about only those that start with the letter S? While a nonenthusiast would probably be able to name a few car brands, an auto expert would easily name various car brands in an alphabetical fashion.
Karl Benz, a German automobile engineer and expert, is widely considered to be the inventor of the first petrol/gasoline-powered automobile in 1885. This automobile is also considered the first production vehicle. Since then, numerous car makes and models have been designed and manufactured. Let us look alphabetically at those that begin with S, shall we?
Note: Although several brands on this list have been discontinued, models are still available on the used-car market.
Saleen quick facts
- Saleen Automotive Inc was established in 1983 by Steve Saleen, a former racing driver
- It was previously known as Saleen Autosport
- The first Saleen built was completed in 1984
- The company’s headquarters are in Corona, California, United States
Saleen is an American manufacturer of high-performance sports cars, trucks, and automotive parts. In 2013, Saleen entered into a merger that resulted in Saleen being a publicly-traded company. It is, however, majority-owned by brand founder Stephen M. Saleen.
Saleen Sportruck XR
Shelby Super Cars
SSC quick facts
- SSC North America was founded in 1998 by Jerod Shelby
- It was formerly known as Shelby SuperCars Inc
- The automobile manufacturer is located in Richland, Washington in the Tri-Cities metropolitan area
- It is currently the only supercar company based in the United States
SSC North America, formerly Shelby SuperCars, was founded by an engineer and automotive enthusiast named Jerod Shelby. The company was renamed SSC North America to identify as a separate entity from Carroll Shelby International, another automobile manufacturer. Following years of design and development, SSC completed its first model, the Ultimate Aero, in 2004.
On September 13, 2007, the Ultimate Aero dethroned defending title-holder Bugatti Veyron to become the fastest production car in the world. Their latest invention is the Tuatara, a hypercar with 1750 horsepower with E85 and 1350 horsepower with 91 OCT. Production of customer cars has begun, with the very first one (of only 100 units) to be delivered to its owner before the end of 2019, according to an SSC North America representative.
Saab quick facts
- Saab Automobile was founded in 1945 by Saab AB
- Its headquarters were in Trollhättan, Sweden
- The company’s first production car, the Saab 92, was launched in 1949
- The company went defunct in 2012
Saab Automobile was an automotive manufacturer that came to be when Saab AB, now known as Saab Group, began a project to design a small automobile in 1945. In the course of its existence, Saab Automobile had various parent companies including, General Motors. The company went bankrupt, and its assets were acquired by National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) in 2012. Automobiles under the Saab name are no longer manufactured.
Saab 9-5 second generation
Shelby quick facts
- Shelby American was founded by Carroll Shelby, who was an American automotive designer and racing driver in 1962
- The company has been based in Las Vegas, Nevada since 1998
- The first Shelby automobile, the Cobra, was introduced in 1962
- Shelby American was taken public in 2003
Carroll Shelby wanted a sports car that offered European handling and balance with an American V-8 engine that did not require constant maintenance and repair. So he founded Shelby American to build his dream car, which he named Cobra.
With the help of Ford Motor Company and Britain’s AC Cars, Shelby’s ideal car was built in 1962. Shelby and Ford soon collaborated again, resulting in the 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350. The latest Ford Mustang Shelby to be unveiled is the 2020 GT5OO with a 5.2L supercharged V8 engine and a dual-clutch transmission.
Shelby Super Snake
Shelby F-150 Super Snake
Shelby 427 Cobra
Scania quick facts
- Scania AB formed as a result of a 1911 merger
- The company’s headquarters have been in Södertälje, Sweden since 1912
- It has production facilities in Europe and Latin America and assembly plants in Africa and Asia
- Scania AB is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group
Scania AB, originally Scania-Vabis, is a Swedish manufacturer of commercial vehicles. The company was created by merging Maskinfabriksaktiebolaget Scania and Vagnfabriksaktiebolaget i Södertelge (Vabis) in 1911. Another merger happened in 1969 between Scania-Vabis and Saab AB to create a new company, Saab-Scania. The brand name, Scania, was unveiled that same year.
Following the EU’s rejection of Volvo’s plans to buy Scania, Volkswagen bought Volvo’s stake in 2000, becoming the largest shareholder in Scania. By 2014, Volkswagen controlled 100% of the shares in Scania AB. Aside from manufacturing trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, Scania also manufactures engines. It also offers various services, such as customized maintenance, driver training, vehicle financing, and insurance.
Buses and Coach
Subaru quick facts
- Subaru was founded in 1953 by Fuji Heavy Industries, which was under the leadership of Kenji Fita at the time
- The first Subaru was the Subaru 1500
- The company’s corporate headquarters are in Ebisu, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Subaru is the automobile manufacturing division of Subaru Corporation, formerly Fuji Heavy Industries. Each vehicle in the Subaru line is powered by the Subaru Boxer engine. The company’s major overseas manufacturing facility is Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. located in Lafayette, Indiana. Subaru manufactures a range of vehicles, including SUVs, sedans, 5-door cars, and coupes.
Subaru STI S209
There are and have been many more car brands that start with the letter “S.” Such car names include but are not limited to, Scion, SRT, Soueast, Saturn, Spirra, Setra, Spyker, SEAT, Smart, SsangYong, Scorpion, Skoda, and Studebaker.
I hope you have enjoyed this list of cars that start with “S.” I have one final questions for you:
Which “S” car brand name is your favorite?