But you’d be surprised how many cars out there are named after the animal kingdom. Some are at the lower end of the food chain … and rightly so. Check out the Reliant Robin. A nice cheery name and the Robin’s kinda cute.
Reliant Robin’s problems are more with the Reliant bit. Years ago Huddersfield firefighters had to douse one. It melted and all that was left was an engine coated in molten plastic.
Del Boy’s famous for having a dirty yellow one but it’s actually not a Robin. The crafty cockney geezer went upmarket and drove around in a Reliant Regal.
Now that’s a naming faux pas if there ever was one.
And here’s some more. I had a Vauxhall Cavalier at the same time I owned had a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The cavalier was a diesel-powered workhorse and probably the most reliable car I ever owned. The cavalier lazed around and slept most of the day.
How about the Fiat Panda. Pandas are quite cuddly. The Fiat version was like a tin box on wheels. OK, all cars are, but few still look just like a box.
The Triumph Stag probably earned its name and reputation from hunting. The three-litre V8 engine was so unreliable you were forever hunting for spare part.
The Singer Gazelle was made in the 1950s. It had a top speed of 78mph and could accelerate from 0 – 60mph in 25 seconds. A real Gazelle would have left it standing.
And then there are the ones that got it right. Jaguars tend to be purring and stylish; Volkswagen Beetles look like, well, beetles and the Barracuda, built by Chrysler from 1964 – 1974, had the power and look of the ferocious fish it was named after.
Surely it’s only a matter of time before one’s named after a Meerkat. After all, they’re everywhere. Then we can compare the meercar.com too and a whole new generation of even more irritating adverts can be born.