Top 16: best automotive quotes

Sam Bisby

By: Sam Bisby

There have been many great quotes about cars and other vehicles, with numerous pioneers of the industry letting their character shine through via statements that inspire, inform and amuse us. Here are our top 16 best car quotes.

Former Baywatch actress Alexandra Paul said: "The cars we drive say a lot about us."

Rick Mears, the American racing driver said: "To finish first, you must first finish."

Francoise Sagan, the French playwright and novelist said: "Money may not buy happiness, but I’d rather cry in a Jaguar than on a bus."

Brazilian race car driver Ayrton Senna said: "Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose." 

American writer Elwyn Brooks White said: "Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car."

Founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford said: "You can have any colour you want, as long as it is black."

Actor Scott Baio said: "I love driving cars, looking at them, cleaning and washing and shining them. I clean ‘em inside and outside. I’m very touchy about cars. I don’t want anybody leaning on them or closing the door too hard, know what I mean?"

Rally driver Colin McRae said: "Straight roads are for fast cars, turns are for fast drivers." English actor and singer Luke Goss said: "For a boy or girl, driving cars that they love is fun."

Actor and racing driver Paul Newman said: "Newman’s first law: It is useless to put on your brakes when you’re upside down."

Novelist Dani Shapiro: "Sometimes, I’m driving along in my car, and a song from my high-school years comes on the radio: "Springsteen’s ‘Thunder Road.’ Just the opening few cords make me want to roll down the window and let the wind blow back my hair."

American comedian Mitch Hedberg said: " I know a lot about cars, man. I can look at any car’s headlights and tell you exactly which way it’s coming."

Founder of the Bugatti, Ettore Bugatti said: "I make cars to go, not to stop."

Dale Earnhardt, the American race car driver said: "The winner isn’t the one with the fastest car, it’s the one who refuses to lose."

Australian actor and car enthusiast Eric Bana said: "Over my lifetime, the car had actually transcended the fact that it was a car. It has become a venue."

Broadcaster and car fan Jeremy Clarkson said: "It’s what non-car people don’t get. They see two-tons of wires, glass, metal, and rubber. That’s all they see. People like you and I, have an unshakeable belief that cars are living entities. You can develop a relationship with a car. And that’s what non-car people don’t get."