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Top 20 Cars Named After Animals.

Posted in AMC, Car Branding, Car Logos, car modifications, Car Names, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, General, Jaguar, Mercury, Plymouth, Shelby, Volkswagen by MrAngry | November 8th, 2010 | 10 Responses |

Mercury Cougar

Over the years automakers the world over have used animal names to describe their newest cars. These names are supposed to immortalize the true essence of these cars and portray to their owners the automobiles inner spirit. More often than not however these names are ill-seated at best and unfortunately at the end of the day, don’t do the poor animal any justice at all. Below is a listing of 20 cars that have taken their names from members of the wild kingdom. Some are appropriate, others, well… not so much. Either way though you can’t blame the manufacturers from trying to put a little personality into their rides.

• Pinto

Ford Pinto

Pinto’s, the four legged ones are considered to be light, fast and beautiful to look at. The one Ford gave us however gained its reputation because it blew up if a feather so much as landed on its rear bumper. Great name, but bad execution.

• Shelby Cobra

Shelby Cobra

Probably one of the few cars that is actually deserving of its name. The Shelby Cobra packed a 427 cu in big block that would bite you back if you weren’t careful. In fact these cars were so good at killing their owners that they were dubbed the “Widow Maker”.

• Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang

A great looking horse and a great looking car. The Ford Mustang is one of those rare marketing success stories that has stood the test of time by living up to its name in the fullest sense.

• Ford Raptor

Ford Raptor

It goes off-road just like its prehistoric cousin. It’s fast, agile and can also take abuse. But where this sucker drinks fossil fuel, its namesake IS fossil fuel… crazy right.

• Mercury Cougar

Mercury Cougar

Oh she’s a Cougar all right, and she’ll rip you apart if she gets the chance. I remember in high school my math teacher had a cloud blue one and dammit it she didn’t live up to its name!

• Chevrolet Cheetah

Chevrolet Cheetah

The Cheetah was Chevy’s attempt at combating Shelby’s Cobra. It was fast, but unlike the Cobra the Cheetah simply didn’t have the visceral pop needed to take the kill-all crown.

• Jaguar

Jaguar

Another car fitting of its name. Like the big cats, these cars are elegant, graceful and when pushed, can be made vicious. Another marketing success story.

• Dodge Ram

Dodge Ram

Like the big horn sheep these guys are named after, Ram trucks have always been tough as nails. The four legged kind however usually do better in head-on collisions.

• Plymouth Barracuda

Plymouth Barracuda

The first generation Barracuda’s did not live up to their flashy namesake. In fact it wasn’t really until 1970 that these really got some style infused into them. Generation 1′s looked more like a fishbowl, than a fast fish.

• VW Beetle

VW Beetle

The name fit perfectly, nuff said.

• Ford Falcon

Ford Falcon

A cute little car no doubt, but unfortunately the Falcon did not possess the flying pedigree that its winged counterpart did. In short, they were pretty damn slow in stock form.

• Chevrolet Impala

Chevrolet Impala

At 18-feet long these suckers didn’t handle like an Impala, but over the years Chevy dropped in some big-block mills that sure as hell made them move like them in a straight line. These were all beautiful cars, right up until 1999, when Chevy started making them look like jelly beans. Damn shame really…

• Studebaker Lark

Studebaker Lark

It’s short, pudgy and is in no way graceful. The little Lark was a experiment that just fell out of the nest and unfortunately hit the ground hard!

• Volkswagen Fox

Volkswagen Fox

Small, nimble and quick, the VW Fox was a great little economy car that had good looks and great road manners.

• Volkswagen Rabbit

Volkswagen Rabbit

The VW Rabbit was basically a VW Fox without the trunk, and was a total chick car if you got it in the cabriolet variant. It was also cute and cuddly, just like the furry real thing.

• Road Runner

Volkswagen Rabbit

It had a horn just like the cartoon Road Runner, but unlike its cartoon counterpart this one was not cute by any means. It was big, brash and in your face and with its wicked air-grabber hood could probably swallow its feathered friend whole if it came upon it quick enough.

• Corvette Stingray

Corvette Stingray

It’s beautiful from every angle, graceful and exudes power out of every seam. The Corvette Stingray is yet another instance of an automobile being named perfectly.

• Mercury Sable

Mercury Sable

Where people make fur coats out of the furry cuddly kind, these Sables were more fitting of elderly people with white hair. There was nothing sexy about it and unfortunately that held true for the people that drove them.

• AMC Marlin

AMC Marlin

Another fishbowl in a sea of misappropriated names. The Marlin was not powerful, handsome or fast. It just simply “was”…

• Hudson Hornet

Hudson Hornet

How the hell do you name a 5000 lbs. super canoe a “Hornet”? I mean really, naming it the Armadillo would have been a better move, jeesh…

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10 Responses

  1. 98dsmgs says:

    Love the last one! “Armadillo”!!!

  2. BigRuss says:

    but an armadillo isnt fast…. hudson hornets won races

  3. JFCost says:

    just ask Lightning McQueen about that Hudson Hornet!!!

  4. vanaja p says:

    wonderful names and wonderful cars. wish i have one

  5. LBandy says:

    Some cars are quite old, but I would rather buy them before some new crap. Nice collection, thanks!

  6. Juris says:

    Mustang isnt exactly named after an animal but its more likely named after P-51 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Mustang
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P-51_Mustang
    :)

  7. CHip says:

    Dodge Viper?

  8. Og says:

    What about the Lumina? It is “Animul” spelled backwards.

  9. Scott says:

    Chevrolet did not produce or market the Cheetah. A Rabbit is a Golf, a Golf with a trunk is a Jetta. A Fox without a trunk is a Polo.