I cannot understand Grandpa's taste in cars

He likes BMW Z8 but not Toyota Supra

He likes Ford Mustang Mach 1 but not Dodge Charger

He likes Mercury Cougar XR7 but not Chevy Chevelle SS

Why is that?


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Your grandpa likes cars that

were in James Bond. BMW Z8 - World is not enough, Ford mustang - Diamonds are forever, Mercury Cougar - On her majesty's SS

and dislikes cars that

were in fast and the furious. Toyota Supra, Dodge Charger, Chevy Chevelle SS were all in the original Fast and the Furious


He likes cars with

names with numbers in them.

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    $\begingroup$ There is a Knowledge Tag on this @C Tomm. $\endgroup$ – DEEM Oct 26 '18 at 12:28
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    $\begingroup$ That doesn't make his answer wrong @DEEM , unless you provide an example that's counter to this. It's not like it's wildly unreasonable. I don't think he should be downvoted. $\endgroup$ – JGibbers Oct 26 '18 at 13:56
  • $\begingroup$ Then there could be similar answers that say : He likes the cars that start with B,F and M and not T,D and C. BTW I did not downvote any answers. $\endgroup$ – DEEM Oct 26 '18 at 14:13
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    $\begingroup$ Sure but again, it's not an unreasonable answer. Just an ambiguous puzzle. $\endgroup$ – JGibbers Oct 26 '18 at 15:25


My initial thoughts were that he liked cars to do with animals.
A MUSTANG is a breed of horse.
A COUGAR is a big cat.
However, the BMW Z8 is where this theory falls flat, unless the Z means a ZEBRA...


I'm 100% sure but I do know that

The BMW Z8 and the Toyota Supra are the same, albeit with a different shell

But can't say the same for the others.

In checking this, I also discovered that.

All of the cars grandpa likes was driven by James Bond. Were the others driven by his enemies in the same film?


He likes cars...

That have an M on it.


BMW Z8, Ford Mustang Mach 1, Mercury Cougar XR7
No M on Toyota Supra, Dodge Charger, Chevy Chevelle SS


Partial answer

My first guess is

that your grandpa liked the brand Ford since mercury was founded by Edsel Ford but that didn't tie together to the BMW.

My second guess was

that your grandpa was around during the first/second world war and he liked the car brands that drove around back then and just translated that to current versions of that brand.
BMW made cars (and military armaments) for the Germans and Ford made (mainly) jeeps for the British. Mercury didn't have an active record for that time, however.

Third guess is

driving comfort.
The bmw Z series is catered for comfort for its user where as the Toyota Supra is catered more towards performance. Same goes for the mercury and the chevy. Not for the Mustang though.


He likes cars ...

that end in a numeric digit:

* He likes BMW Z8 but not Toyota Supra
* He likes Ford Mustang Mach 1 but not Dodge Charger
* He likes Mercury Cougar XR7 but not Chevy Chevelle SS

  • $\begingroup$ Unfortunately, @C.Tomm has answered the same thing. :D $\endgroup$ – Kevin L Oct 27 '18 at 5:27

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