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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What, no Mustang? It's likely number 1. Cheetah? Gimme a break. This article can't be taken seriously...
And, of course, let's round up all the Jaguars and relegate them to a zoo. After all, it's not a manufacturer we're identifying. It's the name of a car.
Even the Ford Pinto deserves a place here.
If there is no place for the Mustang because of the T5 plane, what about the Bronco. And talking back about the Mustang, I have read in the history of the car about where did they take the name of the car from, even in Germany where the car was named Ford T5 for the same reason, the plane, but always on tv ads, magazines, or where ever is an advertisement of the Mustang, the image that identifies the car is the horse, not the plane. The first tv ad started with the running mustangs not the plane!!!
Always thought Mangusta was the coolest name and car. Mustang actually was named for the horse just like the P-51, and with Cougar, Bronco, Pinto, Maverick and more I can't recall, Ford seems to have the most animal car names save maybe Lambo!
AMC-Eagle Hudson-Hornet-Wasp Studebaker-Lark-GoldenHawk-SilverHawk Stutz-Bearcat-Pontiac-Firebird Audi-Fox Mercury-Bobcat Ford-Pinto-Falcon-Bronco Dodge-Ram Corvette-Stingray
Mustang? Mustang? Mustang? It's a wild horse. It is an animal. It is one of the most iconic American cars ever made. Who is the ignoramus that decided a GT Cheetah, never mass produced and not available to the public beat out the Mustang?
As long as we are being pedantic, every horse I've ever been around has an extreme dislike of snakes, to the point of stomping them out. So a Mustang Cobra emblem should have been a horse with fangs or a snake with legs. Hmmm.
My wife pointed out that the Rabbit was not included. While it may not be among the five coolest (my pick there is the Cougar), the Rabbit GTI was a pretty quick and cool econobox, for its era.
Insects, birds and reptiles are all members of the animal kingdom.
Even if the Mustang was named after the plane it still carries the name of a horse.
Minx is not an animal but Manx (Meyers) is.
No one mentioned the Packard Panther but I'm glad I'm not the only one to remember the Singer Gazelle.
I think all the comments here covered all car names that are even remotely associated with animals and some are a real stretch. However, a couple of years ago I compiled a list of cars named after aircraft and I came up with 74 of them. And, yes one of them is Mustang. If anybody at Hagerty is interested let me know and I can email it to you.