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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Nice list, who doesn't love animal names for adding to the cars character. Just to make things clear since YOU mentioned GTO. although not named as an animal GM spent a lot of time and money on pushing the Tiger theme. Not saying it was a flop but it was immediately and always lovingly referred to as The Goat...
Reckon it depends on what part of the country you were from. Around here out in the sticks, "goats" were Dodges that had a ram hood ornament ( and Plymouths were "Mayflowers"). GTO stood for "get tools out" or "gas, tires, and oil".
The list could stretch on forever. Thanks for including the Barracuda, and especially for the picture of the oft-overlooked second-gen fastback.
Just FYI, the ‘Cuda moniker started in 1969, not 1970.
The Buick Skylark was the basis for the GS and GSX muscle cars. When equipped with the Stage 1 455, they were the fastest car tested by Muscle Car Review with a backseat, coming in third behind the 427 Cobra and 427 Corvette.
It is generally accepted that the story of naming the Mustang after the WWII P-51 flighter is dubious. Certainly it came up in the discussion, but in the end the symbol for the 'Stang was the horse, not the airplane. That's like saying the Cougar was named after the Washington State football team.
Willie is wrong!! It had a horse in the grill, on the side trim and the first issue wheel covers. Engineer Paul Braun offered the name Mustang and while Ioccoa wanted another name Henry II liked Mustang and chose the horse for the grill.
I can most definitely say the Mustang was named after the horse. When I had my chance to sit down with Gale Haldeman before he passed, I asked him that point blank. He smiled and said it was the horse, you don't see an airplane on the grille do you?
Road Runner The roadrunners (genus Geococcyx), also known as chaparral birds or chaparral cocks, are two species of fast-running ground cuckoos with long tails and crests. They are found in the southwestern and south-central United States and Mexico, usually in the desert. Some have been clocked at 20 miles per hour (32 km/h) while a few have also been clocked up to 27 miles per hour (43 km/h)