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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Kyle, you blew it; instead of picking a one-off "Cheetah", you left off what should be number one on the list, Jaguar. At least that is a car which looked like it's name
My favorite is the Dodge Viper or Chevrolet Stingray or maybe Buick Wildcat, Ford mustang or pinto from American companies. Audi fox, VW beetle for foreign companies.
Seems like the emphasis was placed on the coolest animal names and not the coolest cars named for an animal. Cougar, Barracuda, and Impala? I would posit that the Mustang, Stingray, Tiger, and any number of Jags were cooler cars. Ok, Hemi-Cuda perhaps.
Rambler Marlin is an odd one.
My favorite (that I might afford) is the Opal Manta (1g).
Be well car nuts, I'm going to go pet my NA Miata, it's pretty warm today, I might go out.
I did do some top-down motoring on my birthday a few days ago, temperature didn't reach 50 F.
Hudson Golden Hawk, though that is a mix up of bird species, its still a great looking car. We should probably have different categories here: mammal, avian, insect, aquatic.
Of course, everyone will have his or her own list of 'coolest', but NOT including the Fabulous Hudson HORNET - especially the 51-54s which dominated the NASCAR tracks - does disservice to your list. I would also add that while the Barracuda, Impala and Cougar were real 'production' cars (as was the Hudson Hornet), the Shelby AC Cobra and the Cheetah GT were not, strictly speaking (of course, both are indeed 'cool', so as not to detract from them).
How about the Hudson Golden Hawk? Though the name is a mix up of two different birds. We should probably have multiple categories here: mammals, avian, insects, and aquatic.
I was surprised at the omission of the Corvette Sting Ray, introduced in 1963. The styling and performance still is classic. Since you included the Barracuda (which is a fish) in your list, why not include the Corvette Sting Ray?
DeTomaso Mangusta and Pantera, Fiat Panda, Studebaker Hawk & Lark, Ford Mustang & Pinto, Buick Skylark, AMC Eagle, Jaguar, Corvette Sting Ray, VW Beetle, Plymouth Road Runner, Dodge Ram...
I would argue that the DeTomaso Pantera should have been included in this list. The Pantera which in Italian is translated Panther was commissioned by Ford and sold through Lincoln Mercury dealerships.
Whether it was named after the one the greatest, fastest fighter planes of the time, most Mustangs have a "running horse" on it somewhere, thus making it #1 muscle car associated with an animal of all time, period!
I’m hurt that you didn’t mention Jaguars which are mammals and generally referred to as animals by folks who didn’t take biology. Barracudas, while in the Kingdom Animalia , are called fish, not animals, by most of us. Getting out of a boat after a fishing trip , nobody ever ran up to me to ask “how many animals did ‘ya catch today?” Frankly, I think that’s just one more reason why Mustangs significantly outsold Barracudas. Ditto the AMC Marlin. The exception maybe was the Corvette Sting Ray.