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Laughter is good particularly now. Ever since cars became common, the have always been nicknames. To some they seem demeaning but not for those who had one.

Recently I was corrected for calling a Yenko Stinger a Stinker (or lil' stinker) when back in the day it was common. Also people often sound out or play on acronyms. The earliest I know of is a Flivver. (which actually has an interesting history). While Doozy passed into the language. What popular car's nickname can from one of Micky Mouse's "nephews".

Speaking of which what Italian car is really "Micky Mouse". ?

For example the GTO is commonly called a GOAT or a Garbage Truck Option. What legendary accessory really started as a Garbage Truck Option ?

What is the moniker given to the Ford Explorer ?

What is the "Floating Bull".
What car name means "Doesn't go" in Spanish
Others ?

 

 

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The FIAT topolino means little mouse.  No va, two words, means doesn't go in Spanish.

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When I was in High School 50 years ago I had a hand me down 54 Plymouth that was so bad it’s name was The DSP.  Stood for dilapidated s*** pile.  

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When I was in college almost 60 years ago, I drove a two-tone green 1948 DeSoto Suburban known among my "friends" as The Green Latrine.

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Specific cars: Had a 70 Grand Prix 400 four speed with H78 tires and an open read end. We called it asphyxiation.

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Mickey Mouse's nephews are Mortimer and Ferdinand - Morty and Ferdy for short.  A Ford sometimes is called Ferdy.

 

Floating Bull - Lamborghini?

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My Gran Turismo Omologato suggested to me that the true meaning of the 3 letter abbreviation - GTO: means Go To Olds ...  So I made the switch !!

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Floating bull : Toronado (really swimming bull but like floating better).

 

OK try this: (no googling).

 

 

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ps my Judge has a W30 'vert suspension with delrin bushings. Does that make it a resto-mod ?

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3 hours ago, Grimy said:

When I was in college almost 60 years ago, I drove a two-tone green 1948 DeSoto Suburban known among my "friends" as The Green Latrine.

A little more recent, but I know that type of friends. Though mine weren’t as creative - they called it the Oldsmopile (and it was too).

I was one of the lucky few who had a car on that strange little campus, and I don’t recall any one of them ever complaining being taken into town.

I DO recall that not one of them ever once paid me for gas though (and it was an 8/9mpg hog too).

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I earned the nickname El Camino Billy by my protestation of the common abbreviated nickname used for them, when I was 15 years old. 

More people refer to me as El Camino Billy than just Billy or Bill. 

 

I don't care for nicknames or abbreviations, but strangely I'm fine with acronyms. You will never see me say or write Chevy, it's always Chevrolet, for example. Yet I rarely type out General Motors and have no issue with GM.

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Way back when, my brother called my '87 Ford Escort an "Escargot" (French for "snail" 😄.)

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A friend and coworker with a wry sense of humor would make statements with the hats he wore and the tea shirts that he had printed . He was a young family man who only had to commute of about fifteen miles a day, so he searched out those big luxury cars, which usually belonged to older people. They were well taken care of, garaged, comfortable and cheap. One day he showed up with a beautiful early 1970's Buick two door htp. As I looked over the car, i just burst out laughing. He had printed a bumper sticker "The facial fuel eliminator."

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Surprised no one has yet mentioned the common "Tin Lizzy," which many of us have applied to Model T's. 

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I remember my Grandfather calling first car, a 1926 Essex , an Assex because he said you had to be an Ass to buy one. 

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Even engines and engine families have been given nicknames, now that I think of it.

 

Many of you may have heard of big block Chevy engines being referred to as "Rats," and small blocks as "Mice." Then there is the high performance Ford "SOCK" (S.O.H.C." 427), which was also sometimes called a "Cammer." And who could forget Chevrolet's famous "Stovebolt" six? Chrysler high performance motors were often described by the shape of the combustion chambers, such as the famous "Wedge" motors, and the even-more famous "Hemi," (now a commonly-used brand name for the engine...but hot rodders were calling them that when Chrysler was still using names like, "Red Ram" for the engine). But racers have long called the beloved Chrysler Hemi engine the "Elephant." We all know the Ford "Y-Block" engine family...but does that qualify as a "nickname?" You decide. Same goes for the FE engine family, with names like "Side Oiler," and "Low Riser," etc. 

 

How many others can you think of? 

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I have a reminder in the center of my steering wheel. "BRING MY WALLET"

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a) Mentioned Flivver so Tim Lizzie would have been for the same car.

b) Nailhead, Copper Cooled, Silent Knight, Twin H Power,, tripower, Firepower,  Porcupine head, Ardun Heads,  Pentastar head, SOHC 6 Pontiac was also a cammer, tunnel port, oval port, d-port.

c) Acronyms: Fix it again tony, First on race day

d) Headers: banana, trombone, snakes

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My wife's mother has a Pierce Arrow when she was young and they called it a "Fierce Sparrow".

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1 hour ago, padgett said:

First on race day

Or Found on road dead, Fix or repair daily

 

And the Ford Exploder

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Over 50 years ago I had a pretty doggy-looking '22 T.  The wood had mostly rotted away, so the prior owner had welded some of the body metal to the frame to hold it together.  But it ran well, and my family and I put many miles on it. I alternated between calling it the clatterwagon and the fartmobile.  All went well until my 5-year-old son told the good Lutheran Sunday-school teachers across the street:  "Daddy's going to take us for a ride in the fartmobile."

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FIAT: Finally I'm almost there.

 

Oh, and Fiat never officially sanctioned the name Topolino. The public named it and it stuck.

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Ok what had suspenders ?

and what was the advertising race between a 2CV and a 4CV.

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I remember somebody calling an LTD a long tailed dog and refered to his Electrak as a duce and a quarter. My dad was a service manager for Pontiac and told me a man came in for some body work and told my dad "my car done been Ribb rubbed". Another woman came in and was complaining that her whistle wont blow. True story,while watching a car commercial for a new Nissan my wife asked me "why do they call it a 28 oz?"

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E-M-F (Everitt, Metzger, Flanders):  Every Morning Fix-it, Every Mechanical Fault

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