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David G
08-25-2017, 10:51 PM
Not necessarily the cars... just the names. Some of mine --

Shelby Cobra

Jensen Interceptor

Plymouth Barracuda

Dodge Viper

Comet Caliente

Studebaker Avanti

Plymouth Prowler

Hudson Hornet

Porsche Cayenne

Eagle Talon

Alfa Disco Volante

Buick Roadmaster

Jim Bow
08-25-2017, 11:00 PM
Jowett Jupiter
Humber Super Snipe
Studebaker Dictator
Mercury Turnpike Cruiser

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
08-25-2017, 11:22 PM
This is a field owned by the germans though sometimes rented by the japanese, they gave us Audi's A3 - the imagination required to have a designer name a car after his favourite size of paper defies belief but the genius followed that masterstroke with - the A4 and then - clearly on a roll - the A5, A6, A7 and A8.

Proceeding alphabetically we get the BMW who sometimes omit the alphabetic charaters altogether - who among us will forget the 1502 or the imaginatively named follow-up the 1602.

Porsche - 356, 911, 914, 928........

Don't get me started on japanese motorcycles....

L.W. Baxter
08-25-2017, 11:26 PM
F100 Camper Special Ranger

Jimmy W
08-25-2017, 11:44 PM
Aston Martin Vanquish

Bentley Mulsanne

Spyker Spyder

Arizona Bay
08-26-2017, 12:01 AM
Plymouth Scrofulous

Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
08-26-2017, 12:47 AM
Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser.
Oldsmobile Dynamic 88

Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
08-26-2017, 12:53 AM
The Bluesmobile.


http://decadespsychedelicdaze.com/files/2012/09/blueeees.jpg

Mcjim
08-26-2017, 12:59 AM
Mazda Bongo?
Toyota FunCargo?

Holden Monaro.
Detomaso Mangusta
Maserati Anythingreally

Lew Barrett
08-26-2017, 01:01 AM
These days it's Evora.

Gerarddm
08-26-2017, 01:04 AM
Intermecchanica Italia
Ferrari 365 Daytona
Triumph Bonneville ( sorry, motorcycle )
Rolls Royce Silver Wraith
Little Deuce Coupe
Orbitron

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
08-26-2017, 02:10 AM
Two pet names are french puns

Citroen's DS - Déesse - godess,
Nissan's S Cargo - escargo - snail.
http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/HERITAGE/img/modelDetail/uploader/data/en/Web/1317118498114020251.jpg

PeterSibley
08-26-2017, 02:13 AM
Toyota Hilux , for a plain Jane work ute.

skuthorp
08-26-2017, 02:34 AM
And add to #13, Deux Chaveux, Two horses.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/03/Deux_chevaux_mg_1745.jpg (https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&ved=0ahUKEwiE7paQsfTVAhVDf7wKHRZkA0EQjRwIBw&url=https%3A%2F%2Fcommons.wikimedia.org%2Fwiki%2FF ile%3ADeux_chevaux_mg_1745.jpg&psig=AFQjCNGDJqB8PutEpLGhSXTKWkAfckLGaA&ust=1503819176331164)

birlinn
08-26-2017, 02:36 AM
Hey! My 2CV is the same colour.

skuthorp
08-26-2017, 02:36 AM
Then there's the Volkswagen. The peoples car, how very socialist sounding and deliberately so of course.

Many of the American car names seem to be very aggressively masculine.

birlinn
08-26-2017, 02:40 AM
Citroen have Dyane, Ami and Bijou, far less aggressive.

skuthorp
08-26-2017, 02:43 AM
One of My favourites, A Fiat Bambini resort car. Some cruise ships used to carry them way back……..
https://i.pinimg.com/736x/45/9b/f9/459bf936c487be28530efc7dc556346d--beach-cruisers-fiat-.jpg (https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&ved=0ahUKEwik28mks_TVAhWLebwKHWRdBJgQjRwIBw&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinterest.com%2Fnitroking%2F resort-rides%2F&psig=AFQjCNGEKBrF0aghtf4o5hzYGF4zQ0z1kg&ust=1503819755823944)

Chris249
08-26-2017, 03:18 AM
Nissan Cedric. You know you've made it in life (in one way or another) when you can happily drive something that sounds like that and looks like this (http://www.earlydatsun.com/130button.jpg).

Clarkey
08-26-2017, 03:35 AM
One of My favourites, A Fiat Bambini resort car. Some cruise ships used to carry them way back……..
https://i.pinimg.com/736x/45/9b/f9/459bf936c487be28530efc7dc556346d--beach-cruisers-fiat-.jpg (https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&ved=0ahUKEwik28mks_TVAhWLebwKHWRdBJgQjRwIBw&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinterest.com%2Fnitroking%2F resort-rides%2F&psig=AFQjCNGEKBrF0aghtf4o5hzYGF4zQ0z1kg&ust=1503819755823944)

Interesting - I have never heard a Fiat 500 referred to as a 'Bambini' before? That one is a 'Jolly'.

mdh
08-26-2017, 04:05 AM
Shovel

OliverBendix
08-26-2017, 04:20 AM
Mazda Bongo?

How about a Mazda Bongo Friendee?
Toyota Lime always made me laugh when I saw one, at least it wasn't a lemon I suppose.

VW Variant. My parents had one, a 1960s version and I suppose it did have some variations from other cars...

AnalogKid
08-26-2017, 06:26 AM
Mitsubishi Starrion - always makes me smile.

JimD
08-26-2017, 07:14 AM
Renault Twingo

http://www.evanshalshaw.com/images/special-offers/new-cars/939906/939945/940153/twingo-dynamique-main-blue.jpg

JimD
08-26-2017, 07:16 AM
Volkswagen up!

http://immagini.alvolante.it/sites/default/files/styles/anteprima_lunghezza_640_jpg/public/serie_auto_galleria/2011/12/volkswagen_up_post.png?itok=JBXEGnNb

Garret
08-26-2017, 07:41 AM
To further drift into motorcycles:

Commando
Black Shadow
Black Lightning
Red Rapide
Firefly
Gold Star

Back to cars:

Hornet
Terraplane
Bearcat

Paul Pless
08-26-2017, 07:59 AM
This is a field owned by the germans though sometimes rented by the japanese, they gave us Audi's A3 - the imagination required to have a designer name a car after his favourite size of paper defies belief but the genius followed that masterstroke with - the A4 and then - clearly on a roll - the A5, A6, A7 and A8.

Proceeding alphabetically we get the BMW who sometimes omit the alphabetic charaters altogether - who among us will forget the 1502 or the imaginatively named follow-up the 1602.

Porsche - 356, 911, 914, 928........

Don't get me started on japanese motorcycles....

i see your post and raise you the mclaren mp412c

birlinn
08-26-2017, 08:06 AM
Renault Captur is odd- the DVLA have our family one listed as a Capturd!

Arizona Bay
08-26-2017, 09:04 AM
Qvale Mangusta!


But the de Tamaso Mangusta looks cooler

http://images.hypercars.ch/hypercars-images/base_1418085797796.jpg

Gerarddm
08-26-2017, 09:08 AM
Remarkable how timeless the Mangusta, Miura, and Ghibli are, still.

SKIP KILPATRICK
08-26-2017, 09:14 AM
Lulu, the proper name my Grandmother gave to her (grandma green) 1972 Buick Skylark.

ron ll
08-26-2017, 09:23 AM
ALFA Zagato Sprint Speciale.
Just rolls off the tongue.

Jim Mahan
08-26-2017, 09:44 AM
Lulu, the proper name my Grandmother gave to her (grandma green) 1972 Buick Skylark.

I don't name my cars, but I get why some people do. I will on occasion use pet eptithets for particular parts or systems, as in, to a recalictrant bolt, 'get on there, you bastard.'

I do enjoy naming things, though. I like giving the dog who lives in my house a new name each time I go for a walk and he wants to come. 'Come on, Soupbone, let's amble,' or, 'Step it up, Gussie, we're burning daylight.' He likes that. We don't actually ever burn daylight, though.

Paul Pless
08-26-2017, 09:54 AM
Bitch'n Camaro

amish rob
08-26-2017, 09:58 AM
Bitch'n Camaro
Ha. Your poor neighbors. :)

Peace,
Expired Bovine Infant Food Transportation Specialist

birlinn
08-26-2017, 10:01 AM
Don't forget the different versions of 2CV: Dolly, Bamboo, Charleston and Beachcomber.
Not too sure about Basket or Spot though.

PS: just back from seeing a few hundred 2CVs at 2CVGB's annual rally.

Nicholas Scheuer
08-26-2017, 10:36 AM
Dodge Ram. So good they've now omitted the "Dodge" part.

mmd
08-26-2017, 11:21 AM
Don't forget the Vauxhall Viva! One like this - except white - was the car I learned to drive on. My sister named it "Petunia", for no apparent reason.

http://farm8.static.flickr.com/7282/16455152221_700a1421ee.jpg

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
08-26-2017, 11:33 AM
Ford Prefect.
https://carboncostume.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/fordprefect.jpg

Joe (SoCal)
08-26-2017, 11:41 AM
Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/40/Ferrari_P540_Superfast_Aperta.jpg/2560px-Ferrari_P540_Superfast_Aperta.jpg

Ferrari Superamerica 45

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/fa/Ferrari_Superamerica_45_in_Villa_Erba.jpg/2560px-Ferrari_Superamerica_45_in_Villa_Erba.jpg

amish rob
08-26-2017, 12:28 PM
Ford Prefect.
https://carboncostume.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/fordprefect.jpg
I almost said this. But, I panicked.

Peace,
Robert

Jimmy W
08-26-2017, 12:56 PM
Lancia Superjolly

https://img4.annuncicdn.it/6c/2c/6c2ce9afeb82b1e0a283b8b08c374edc_orig.jpg

ron ll
08-26-2017, 01:07 PM
Guess this one has to be torn down or covered up.

http://moparconnectionmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Screen-Shot-2015-08-03-at-10.11.40-PM.png

Paul Pless
08-26-2017, 01:09 PM
Eddie Hill's Nuclear Banana

Joe (SoCal)
08-26-2017, 01:10 PM
Wasn't a Dodge that killed that woman in Charlottesville ? I think it was a Challenger though, not the DOH Charger

mmd
08-26-2017, 01:11 PM
So many nice Chargers were ruined because of the G-D television show. I hate 'em, and it has nothing to do with the rebel south.

IMHO, they look so much nicer in basic black:

https://cdn.barrett-jackson.com/staging/carlist/items/Fullsize/Cars/181315/181315_Front_3-4_Web.jpg

amish rob
08-26-2017, 01:11 PM
What about that British deal? Was it called Thrust? The crazy super sonic car.

Peace,
Robert

Dan McCosh
08-26-2017, 01:22 PM
Datsun Fairlady

amish rob
08-26-2017, 01:32 PM
So many nice Chargers were ruined because of the G-D television show. I hate 'em, and it has nothing to do with the rebel south.

IMHO, they look so much nicer in basic black:

https://cdn.barrett-jackson.com/staging/carlist/items/Fullsize/Cars/181315/181315_Front_3-4_Web.jpg

My buddy had one. Big, big cars. It was fun to ride in, but he never let anyone ever drive it. :)

Peace,
Robert

SKIP KILPATRICK
08-26-2017, 01:33 PM
CHRISTINE

https://hu.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christine_(film,_1983)#/media/F%C3%A1jl%3AChristine.jpghttps://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRMEyl7uLJusZMOPmaQf1_C4It3lWLF5 8fFVNnPNS-WIhWVCL0

Jim Mahan
08-26-2017, 01:52 PM
Cor-do-bah

With fine Co-rinthian leather.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7e/1978_Chrysler_Cordoba.jpg

Boss, da plane!

birlinn
08-26-2017, 02:47 PM
Triumph Gloria

David W Pratt
08-26-2017, 03:50 PM
Dymaxion
Sunbeam Rapier
Saw a Range Rover once with the letters carefully altered to spell Hangover

John Meachen
08-26-2017, 04:05 PM
We haven't yet had the Mitsubishi Lettuce.

http://images.complex.com/complex/image/upload/c_limit,w_680/fl_lossy,pg_1,q_auto/wxikpx6brxxhdhvszic3.jpg

Then there was the Mazda Eunos.

http://jdm-expo.com/13233-large_default/eunos-roadster-sale.jpg


As for Dodge Chargers,this was my favourite variant.

http://st.hotrod.com/uploads/sites/21/2017/02/1969-dodge-charger-daytona-driving.jpg?interpolation=lanczos-none&fi

johnw
08-26-2017, 04:59 PM
Datsun Fairlady

And Daihatsu's Charade. And their Naked. And their Scat.

Phil Y
08-26-2017, 05:55 PM
I first thought the Maserati Quattroporte must have had 4 valves per cylinder or something. But no, it's just sexy Italian for 4 door.

ahp
08-26-2017, 06:30 PM
There was a time when Motown named their cars as aggressive beasts. Not so much now. Now SUVs are escape or adventure vehicles. I personally do not want to Wrangle in Durango.

johnw
08-26-2017, 06:40 PM
There was a time when Motown named their cars as aggressive beasts. Not so much now. Now SUVs are escape or adventure vehicles. I personally do not want to Wrangle in Durango.

Yes, beasts such as Lark, Skylark, Roadrunner, Impala, Pinto, and my personal favorite, the Dodge Super Bee. For some reason, that was supposed to say "fast."

Lew Barrett
08-26-2017, 06:41 PM
I'm surprised we've gotten this far and nobody has mentioned the Ford Probe. For maximum impact just think Probe.

johnw
08-26-2017, 06:44 PM
I'm surprised we've gotten this far and nobody has mentioned the Ford Probe, or for maximum impact just the preferred model name, Probe.

Always found that a bit medicinal.

Flying Orca
08-26-2017, 06:48 PM
Lulu, the proper name my Grandmother gave to her (grandma green) 1972 Buick Skylark.

My grandmother's was a 1970, I think, but may have been as late as '72 - the convertible, also in green, white interior. Great car.

ahp
08-26-2017, 08:32 PM
Yes, beasts such as Lark, Skylark, Roadrunner, Impala, Pinto, and my personal favorite, the Dodge Super Bee. For some reason, that was supposed to say "fast."

LARK. I never owned a Studebaker Lark, but we drove them. When we were working on the Nevada Test Range the Inter Agency Motor Pool got a great deal on Larks, all painted government gray.

Ross M
08-26-2017, 10:28 PM
Miura
Mistral
Ghibli
Bora
Merak
Duetto
Veloce
Invicta
Bolide

Stiletto
08-26-2017, 10:52 PM
For conservatives, or perhaps the limp wristed there was the nissan Cedric.

Portland
08-26-2017, 11:08 PM
We had the Chrysler Centaur , made in the factory that was to be taken over by Mitsubishi.
The Centaur was a hospital ship , torpedoed without warning by a Japanese sub.
I think Toyota also named a car after an Allied ship sunk in WW2.
Not the way to win friends and influence people.
Rob J.

epoxyboy
08-26-2017, 11:28 PM
Hillman Avenger........rebadged in the US as the infinitely less cool sounding Plymouth Cricket.
http://www.carbuzz.com/m/Article.aspx?Id=11579
Not bad handling, compared with any of the contemporary British Fords, but having put about 70,000km on one, I can verify that almost everything else in this article is correct.

Pete

epoxyboy
08-26-2017, 11:30 PM
How could we forget theToyota Emina? One slip of the tongue away from something unpleasant :D.

Lew Barrett
08-26-2017, 11:56 PM
Always found that a bit medicinal.

A car that was intended to run on petroleum jelly.

Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
08-27-2017, 01:16 AM
How bout a bus?



https://i.pinimg.com/736x/63/4d/f9/634df94ce9bc8d5a7debe344a590cc60--ken-kesey-hippie-culture.jpg

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
08-27-2017, 01:57 AM
i see your post and raise you the mclaren mp412c

I am not a number - I am a free . . . Seven?
http://barchetta.co.uk/Lotus-7-Caterham-The-Prisoner.jpg

Jimmy W
08-27-2017, 02:40 AM
Plymouth Roadrunner Superbird

https://cdn.classiccars.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/719457_21399320_1970_Plymouth_Road-runner-super-bird-tribute.jpg?x27296

Bo Diddley - Road Runner


https://youtu.be/WOOFx9c6qyA

Jimmy W
08-27-2017, 02:59 AM
For conservatives, or perhaps the limp wristed there was the nissan Cedric.

Cedric isn't conservative or limp wristed.

Cedric Burnside Project - Going away


https://youtu.be/WZ1B9xO66HM

ishmael
08-27-2017, 07:10 AM
Stutz Bearcat

https://youtu.be/tzr43iLxmmw

mmd
08-27-2017, 07:23 AM
"My buddy had one. Big, big cars. It was fun to ride in, but he never let anyone ever drive it. " - Amish Rob

https://photos.ebizautos.com/used-1968-dodge-charger-rt-8031-12304555-4-640.jpg


Well, my buddy had one, and I got to drive it. A lot. Let me explain...

Back in the day, around 1974 to 1980, there was a lot of money being made around here in the offshore scallop fishing industry. In an era when a blue-collar worker would have a take-home pay of around $250 per week, scallop fishermen out of Lunenburg and Riverport were making from $1,500 (poor-performing boats & crews) to $2,500 (highliners) per week. Most of these fishermen lived for the moment and spent their money lavishly, mostly on booze, drugs, and cars. Muscle cars. The common line was; quit school in Grade 10 at age 16 & go scalloping. After the first two-week trip, you have enough money to pay off the company 'store bill' (for your clothing, wet gear, etc. that you needed on the boat), rent your own apartment, furnish it, and buy the requisite big-ass stereo. After the second trip, you had enough money to buy your 'starter car', often a 340 cu. in. 4-speed Dodge Swinger or a 350 cu. in. Camaro. After a year, and after you have smashed up the starter car sufficiently (racing, and/or drunk driving), you graduated into something serious, such as a 455 cu. in. Trans Am, or a 427 cu. in. Chevelle, or a 440 cu. in. Plymouth GTX. Of course by now you were very popular with the local constabulary for being a drunken, brawling, maniac in a fast car. (I'll take a moment out of my narrative now to state that not all scallop fishermen were like this, but there were enough that the whole group got painted by the same brush.) To avoid being stopped for being drunk, or for driving without a license because you lost it for being caught driving drunk, or merely to be driven to your ship in Lunenburg and having your car safely delivered back home, you asked a friend to drive for you. I was that friend. I thought - and still think - that I was in the catbird seat. I got to drive all these really cool muscle cars and didn't have to make car payments or buy insurance, and I didn't even have to pay for gas most of the time. Sometimes I was just the delivery driver, sometimes I was given the car for the two weeks that my buddy was at sea. In this way I got to drive all the cars I mentioned earlier, as well as a '72 hemi Challenger, a couple of 383 Roadrunners, a truly awesome modified 400 cu. in. small-block '70 Trans Am, and my favourite (and most often driven for long distances & lengths of time), an aggressively built 383 dual-4 bbl, 4-speed black-on-black 1968 Charger with NASCAR-type suspension and stupid high-ratio rear-end gears. Esssentially a race car that was street-legal. The car couldn't get out of it's own way off a stop sign, but bring the rpms up (it red-lined at 6800 rpm) and it was a rocket. It remains the car that provided the fastest speed that I have ever driven, just north of 160 mph.

I have been fortunate in that I have had opportunity to drive a wide slice of cars from the 'muscle car era', but the 1968 R/T Charger remains my favourite.

David W Pratt
08-27-2017, 07:24 AM
The Lotus Seven picture reminds me, in the 1960s, Denise McClugage had a car with the license plate "DOG."
She always wanted a Rover named ...

Ian McColgin
08-27-2017, 07:41 AM
After I sold my first car - a '54 VW I bought from Dad - I thought I'd be cool with a sports car. A Sabra.

https://assets.hemmings.com/story_image/51572-500-0.jpg?rev=1

The '67 Arab-Israeli war made getting parts hard and college girls were not impressed with a car that overflowed the carbs and caught fire regularly. So for real progress, I'd borrow Mom's "Mazoon", put the back seat down, toss in some towels and such, and . . .

https://i.pinimg.com/736x/72/a7/52/72a752e6437f9f6ff27a47a6b0d42878--stationwagon-chevrolet-suburban.jpg

Ross M
08-27-2017, 09:32 AM
"My buddy had one. Big, big cars. It was fun to ride in, but he never let anyone ever drive it. " - Amish Rob

https://photos.ebizautos.com/used-1968-dodge-charger-rt-8031-12304555-4-640.jpg


Well, my buddy had one, and I got to drive it. A lot. Let me explain...

Back in the day, around 1974 to 1980, there was a lot of money being made around here in the offshore scallop fishing industry. In an era when a blue-collar worker would have a take-home pay of around $250 per week, scallop fishermen out of Lunenburg and Riverport were making from $1,500 (poor-performing boats & crews) to $2,500 (highliners) per week. Most of these fishermen lived for the moment and spent their money lavishly, mostly on booze, drugs, and cars. Muscle cars. The common line was; quit school in Grade 10 at age 16 & go scalloping. After the first two-week trip, you have enough money to pay off the company 'store bill' (for your clothing, wet gear, etc. that you needed on the boat), rent your own apartment, furnish it, and buy the requisite big-ass stereo. After the second trip, you had enough money to buy your 'starter car', often a 340 cu. in. 4-speed Dodge Swinger or a 350 cu. in. Camaro. After a year, and after you have smashed up the starter car sufficiently (racing, and/or drunk driving), you graduated into something serious, such as a 455 cu. in. Trans Am, or a 427 cu. in. Chevelle, or a 440 cu. in. Plymouth GTX. Of course by now you were very popular with the local constabulary for being a drunken, brawling, maniac in a fast car. (I'll take a moment out of my narrative now to state that not all scallop fishermen were like this, but there were enough that the whole group got painted by the same brush.) To avoid being stopped for being drunk, or for driving without a license because you lost it for being caught driving drunk, or merely to be driven to your ship in Lunenburg and having your car safely delivered back home, you asked a friend to drive for you. I was that friend. I thought - and still think - that I was in the catbird seat. I got to drive all these really cool muscle cars and didn't have to make car payments or buy insurance, and I didn't even have to pay for gas most of the time. Sometimes I was just the delivery driver, sometimes I was given the car for the two weeks that my buddy was at sea. In this way I got to drive all the cars I mentioned earlier, as well as a '72 hemi Challenger, a couple of 383 Roadrunners, a truly awesome modified 400 cu. in. small-block '70 Trans Am, and my favourite (and most often driven for long distances & lengths of time), an aggressively built 383 dual-4 bbl, 4-speed black-on-black 1968 Charger with NASCAR-type suspension and stupid high-ratio rear-end gears. Esssentially a race car that was street-legal. The car couldn't get out of it's own way off a stop sign, but bring the rpms up (it red-lined at 6800 rpm) and it was a rocket. It remains the car that provided the fastest speed that I have ever driven, just north of 160 mph.

I have been fortunate in that I have had opportunity to drive a wide slice of cars from the 'muscle car era', but the 1968 R/T Charger remains my favourite.

Great story, thanks!

amish rob
08-27-2017, 09:59 AM
"My buddy had one. Big, big cars. It was fun to ride in, but he never let anyone ever drive it. " - Amish Rob

https://photos.ebizautos.com/used-1968-dodge-charger-rt-8031-12304555-4-640.jpg


Well, my buddy had one, and I got to drive it. A lot. Let me explain...

Back in the day, around 1974 to 1980, there was a lot of money being made around here in the offshore scallop fishing industry. In an era when a blue-collar worker would have a take-home pay of around $250 per week, scallop fishermen out of Lunenburg and Riverport were making from $1,500 (poor-performing boats & crews) to $2,500 (highliners) per week. Most of these fishermen lived for the moment and spent their money lavishly, mostly on booze, drugs, and cars. Muscle cars. The common line was; quit school in Grade 10 at age 16 & go scalloping. After the first two-week trip, you have enough money to pay off the company 'store bill' (for your clothing, wet gear, etc. that you needed on the boat), rent your own apartment, furnish it, and buy the requisite big-ass stereo. After the second trip, you had enough money to buy your 'starter car', often a 340 cu. in. 4-speed Dodge Swinger or a 350 cu. in. Camaro. After a year, and after you have smashed up the starter car sufficiently (racing, and/or drunk driving), you graduated into something serious, such as a 455 cu. in. Trans Am, or a 427 cu. in. Chevelle, or a 440 cu. in. Plymouth GTX. Of course by now you were very popular with the local constabulary for being a drunken, brawling, maniac in a fast car. (I'll take a moment out of my narrative now to state that not all scallop fishermen were like this, but there were enough that the whole group got painted by the same brush.) To avoid being stopped for being drunk, or for driving without a license because you lost it for being caught driving drunk, or merely to be driven to your ship in Lunenburg and having your car safely delivered back home, you asked a friend to drive for you. I was that friend. I thought - and still think - that I was in the catbird seat. I got to drive all these really cool muscle cars and didn't have to make car payments or buy insurance, and I didn't even have to pay for gas most of the time. Sometimes I was just the delivery driver, sometimes I was given the car for the two weeks that my buddy was at sea. In this way I got to drive all the cars I mentioned earlier, as well as a '72 hemi Challenger, a couple of 383 Roadrunners, a truly awesome modified 400 cu. in. small-block '70 Trans Am, and my favourite (and most often driven for long distances & lengths of time), an aggressively built 383 dual-4 bbl, 4-speed black-on-black 1968 Charger with NASCAR-type suspension and stupid high-ratio rear-end gears. Esssentially a race car that was street-legal. The car couldn't get out of it's own way off a stop sign, but bring the rpms up (it red-lined at 6800 rpm) and it was a rocket. It remains the car that provided the fastest speed that I have ever driven, just north of 160 mph.

I have been fortunate in that I have had opportunity to drive a wide slice of cars from the 'muscle car era', but the 1968 R/T Charger remains my favourite.

See, now the 455 TA, complete with Flaming Chicken, I DID get to drive. A white one, with T-tops and posi.
I was the Anti-Bandit. :)

Peace,
Robert

Too Little Time
08-27-2017, 10:32 AM
I am not a number - I am a free . . . Seven?
http://barchetta.co.uk/Lotus-7-Caterham-The-Prisoner.jpg
Part of a great car is the context. That was a great car.

ron ll
08-27-2017, 11:36 AM
"Funny Car"

http://markjrebilas.com/blog3/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/ea03x_1737.jpg

Canoeyawl
08-27-2017, 11:59 AM
Have we done "Bimbo"?



http://www.ferrarilife.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=59018&stc=1&d=1373044867

Dan McCosh
08-27-2017, 01:10 PM
Biggest wince award ought to go to the Pontiac Judge.

johnw
08-27-2017, 01:35 PM
Biggest wince award ought to go to the Pontiac Judge.
Well, it was a car designed to bring the owner before a judge. I wonder how many owners made that connection.

Dan McCosh
08-27-2017, 03:14 PM
This was the origin of the name:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hIcKkKID8k

oldcodger
08-27-2017, 04:59 PM
Auburn Cord Dusenberg

Bugatti Royale

Pierce - Arrow

Rigadog
08-28-2017, 10:01 AM
has ti be Gremlin. AMC had a knack naming cars. Matador as well