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The coolest car names

By raccars Published


Some of the cars themselves aren't necessarily that great, but are these the coolest car names?

Some car names are cool, some just... aren't.

Coolest car names

Alfa Romeo Disco Volante

It's Italian, it's funky music and it means 'flying saucer' in English. It sounds cool and it was cool.

AMC Javelin

It wasn't particularly successful or long-lived but the smartly named AMC Javelin looked as masculine and athletic as it sounded.

Buick Roadmaster

The immodestly named Buick may well have been the master of the roads back in the Forties, but it's still a pretty bold statement.

Chevrolet Corvette

In naval parlance, small warships are known as corvettes. The automotive Corvette is a singularly butch and powerful muscle car, part of a small group of very American cars providing massive entertainment and a bit of an ego boost at reasonable prices.

De Tomaso Mangusta

You've probably never heard of it, which makes the Mangusta sound even more exotic. Mangusta is the Italian word for mongoose, a name apparently chosen because it was designed to challenge the Shelby Cobra.

Dodge Magnum

It's an ice-cream, a moustachioed private investigator, Dirty Harry's gun, and it's also a two door coupe and later an estate sold in the USA and Mexico. Early models definitely suited the name in a very Clint Eastwood sort of way.

Dodge Viper

Dodge has often gone for an aggressive naming strategy, and the Viper is as combative and threatening on the road as its slithery namesake.

Eagle Talon

A lukewarm, badge engineered version of the Mitsubishi Eclipse, somehow the name 'Eagle Talon' just sounds more inspiring than 'Eclipse'.

Ferrari Testarossa

The Italians somehow have an automatic head start on cool car names - something to do with those rolling 'R's maybe. Testarossa translates as 'red head' and was inspired by the Ferrari 500 TR.

Hudson Hornet

It's not yellow and black striped but the NASCAR racing Hudson Hornet certainly came with a sting in the tail.

Jensen Interceptor

The Interceptor just oozes effortless cool, like Steve McQueen or Humphrey Bogart. It's gorgeous, powerful and the name suits it perfectly.

Lamborghini Countach

Apparently 'countach' is an admiring exclamation - plenty of which are given when one of these classic Lambos goes by. Every boy had one of these on a bedroom wall poster in the Eighties.

Lamborghini Diablo

Another cool Italian name, Diablo means 'devil', which pretty much says it all.

Land Rover Defender

Suitably militaristic for the venerable British 4x4, which is very popular with the armed forces. The Defender was as solid and reliable as one of its famous owners, Winston Churchill.

Panoz Esperante

A far cooler name than you'd expect from a GM-derived car from a small volume manufacturer in the mountains of the US state of Georgia. On the other hand it's not a bad looking car.

Plymouth Prowler

It's a great name but don't try any prowling in this retro styled roadster. It's a bit clunky and very conspicuous.

Pontiac Firebird

This muscle car shares its chassis with the Chevrolet Camaro and is equally sleek and muscular.

Porsche Carrera GT

This street legal racer is appropriately named - 'carrera' is Spanish for race.

Rolls-Royce Phantom

Among a bunch of pretty smart names, Phantom is probably the coolest. OK so it effectively means the same as 'Ghost', another Rolls-Royce model, but it's nice to have a coherent brand image!

Shelby AC Cobra

The hard to handle sports car shares not only a name but also some of its personality with the venomous snake.

TVR Chimaera

The Chimaera was a fire breathing monster of ancient Greek myth. The TVR car was equally dazzling and imaginative.

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