For something that is largely arbitrary, car names are considered sacred by automotive faithful. Should an OEM revive a nameplate and not live up to consumer expectations set by the model's previous generation, the critics will be vocal (you can keep your modern GTO comments to yourself.) However, before a nameplate can be revived it must be born. The conference rooms of automakers surely still have coffee spill stains and pizza grease in the floorboards from late-night brainstorming sessions choosing the perfect name for a new model. More than occasionally, an animal provided inspiration for a car that would, once realized, be beautifully photographed for brochures and enjoyed by drivers on the road.
With so many cars that share names with animals, we were curious which were the coolest of the group, so we asked the Hagerty Community to help us decide. We plucked the top five answers from the ensuing discussion.
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I agree with you. The Marlin was a great looking car. I loved that big, curved glass in the back. AMC then gave us the beautiful Javelin and the AMX in 68, 69, 70. And what great engines that produced a lot of tourque from the 290 to the 343 to the 360 and the best the 390 optopned with a Go Package coupled to a Borg and Warner T-10 4 speed. I do not care for the larger Javelins and AMX's af produced in 1971 through 1974. The humped curve in the front fender wells was not appealing to the eye. The 1970 model was my favorite year with the split front grill and the interior quite nice, instrumentation and all. The Mark Donohue SST Javelin was a beautiful car.
The Studebaker Lark is a compact car which was produced by Studebaker from 1959 to 1966. From its introduction in early 1959 until 1962, the Lark was a product of the Studebaker-Packard Corporation.
"Those in the know will tell you they prefer the 283-cubic-inch model, as it has the power to scare you without being nearly as brutal as the big-block cars." Ford used a 289 cu in. It was Chevy that had a 283. 😉
The Qvale Mangusta and the Sunbeam Tiger are my two favorites. De Tomaso and Qvale selected the Mangusta name as in the wild the mongoose swallows the cobra whole - and Shelby's Tiger, well, let's Get Smart about it . . .
This was an Ancient Indigenous Mythical Bird I presume! No picture available but often seen perched ominously on Totem Poles along the West Coast.... My Skylight Blue 64 Ford Galaxie Convertible is updated with a modified 428 and "Thunderbird" Valve Covers. Goes like a Rocket, looks Great. Cheers! Bob S....
Regarding the AC/Cobra, it would be an extremely low-production Cobra with a 283 V-8 (which was at the time Chevrolet’s small block V-8).
I believe you would have liked to have said “preferred a 289”...
My two favorites are the Qvale Mangusta and the Sunbeam Tiger. DeTomaso and Qvale called their impressively unique creation the Mangusta as in the wild the Mongoose swallows the Cobra whole. Shelby called his Alpine on steroids the Tiger as, well, Get Smart about it . . .
Uhm... Mustang? Anyone?
Whether you like it or not, it has been one of the coolest american cars since the 60s.
It has been reinvented several times.
How is it possible that it didn’t make the top 5?