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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Granted, "Mustang" is a breed, or maybe sub-breed, of horse, but I think any list of cars named after critters should include the 'Stang. But, that would open the door to Bronco, Pinto, and Santa Maria. Wait.....wrong list. And, while not really a car, who can forget Greyhound?
The story I have heard for years in regard to the Impala is that one of the GM Execs attended the Church of the Nazarene in Detroit in the 1950s. I believe the executive was on the denominational board in Kansas City. At a meeting of the board one of the Nazarene leaders said he had just returned from a trip to Africa and had seen this incredibly fast animal called the Impala. The GM Exec told him they were coming out with a new model and that would be a good name for it.
Why no Mustang? Because they are more common and were during my day as a 69 Cougar owner. These are only 5of them people, and the Cheetah was rare and cool! The 65 Barracuda was unique and my druthers over a stock 65 Mustang. These cars are listed also, "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."
Thanks! Appreciated the rare and coolest Cheetah! I only had the slot car. Why no Mustang? Because they are common and also were during my day as a 69 Cougar owner. These are only 5 of the animal cars people and there are literally hundreds. The 65 Barracuda was unique and my druthers over a stock 65 Mustang. The other reason cars were listed; "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."
There is NEVER a final word on cool cars.
A lot of folks are missing the question. What is the coolest CAR named after an animal? Not the coolest ANIMAL NAME that a car was named after. Pinto, really?
There are tons of cars way cooler than an Impala, but an Impala is a pretty cool animal name. As for which is faster, I'd love to see the car catch the animal in an open field.
My list - Bearcat, Cobra, Mustang, Stingray, Viper
Out of Bounds:
Jaguar. It is a company name. Jaguar never produced a car named Jaguar.
Spider. The coolest cars are spiders, but I'm not aware of anyone naming a car Spider.
Mustang may be named after the fighter plane but still should be on the list since the emblem on the car and logo is not a plane it's a horse. How about the Sunbeam Tiger?
the list is below of all the Cars
But I feel your list is wrong as you said Animals or is this a trick to see who reads theses.
Some are Aquatic and some are reptiles Barracuda is a fish and Cobra is a snake
We feel you should of had in your list A Road Runner very cool car and a Mustang.
Barracuda (Plymouth) fish
Beetle (Volkswagen) insect
Cobra (Shelby, Ford) reptile
Fox (Audi, Volkswagen)
Honey Bee (Datsun) insect
Hornet (Hudson, AMC) insect
Raptor (Ford) Dinosaur
Road Runner (Plymouth)
Scorpian (Grinnall) insect
Spider (Alfa Romeo, McLaren, Ferrari, Fiat) insect
Stingray (Chevrolet Corvette) Aquatic
Super Bee (Dodge) insect
Viper (Dodge) reptile
Wasp (Hudson) insect
White Eagle (Kissel)
The 'cuda trim actually debuted in the 1969 model year. It was to the Formula S package as the Road Runner was to the GTX on the B Body. Slightly decontented, lower price, fake hood scoops and special striping.