Names are important. Shakespeare averred otherwise in Romeo and Juliet writing that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but what does he know, he’s dead. When it comes to cars there’s frequently two names applied – that which is the formal name given by it maker, and that which is its affectionate nickname, given by its fans. Often times that second sobriquet is a condensed version of the official name, like ‘Vette for Corvette, or ‘Stang for Mustang. On occasion however, cars may gain their nickname based on a notable achievement, unique feature, or historical aspect. Once in a while the nickname actually takes prominence over the official moniker, a prime example of that would be Volkswagen’s “Beetle.”
Can you think of some of your favorite automobile nicknames – either those given to the model as a whole or a specific special example? What do you think is the coolest car nickname?