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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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?
With all due respect sir you are wrong about the "Barracuda!" The Barracuda is the most stream lined, fastest and meanest fish in the sea! Meaner than any Shark (you could have mentioned the Mako Shark for Corvette too?) Divers fear the Barracuda more than any other fish in the sea...! In short, one could some up the reason for using the Barracuda for the Plymouth, in one word my... "Attitude," my friend, "Attitude..!"
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.
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.
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!
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 . . .
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”...