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Origins of the GT Designation

Rolf Mair commented:

> . . . As I thought, The GT designation on cars was Italian in origin and
>actually stood for 'Grand Turismo'. The 1951 Lancia Aurieo (sp?) was
>the first car to sport a GT badge. . .  
That's the way I've always heard it.  The Lancia Aurelia embodied the
GT spirit as well as any car - truly a grand tourer.  Of course, when GT
badges became fashionable, it seemed that many a cynical
manufacturer attached them to any old nail of a product that needed a
marketing boost.  Fortunately, Audi did well with the Coupe GT, a car
that lives up to the promise of its name.  

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