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Four Cars with Apt Animal Names

by Chloe Baker

A name can tell you a lot about a car, especially when it's an animal. Whether you plan on racing down the highway at breakneck speeds, towing a jet or climbing a mountain on a dirt road, chances are you can tell from the name of the car whether or not you're going to be able to accomplish any of these feats.

Volkswagen Beetle

The VW Beetle, also known as the Bug due to its appearance, represents one of the most iconic designs in automotive history. The fact that so many different generations of these cars, some of them dating from as far back as the 1950s, can still be regularly seen on the road is a testament not only to the Bug’s popularity, but it’s durability. On top of being a tenacious little car, the Beetle was traditionally very affordable (it was meant to be car for the people when it was initially designed prior to World War II, after all).

Ford Bronco

Depending who you ask, the Ford Bronco is reminiscent of the infamous chase scene that played out on June 17, 1994, or the type of rugged and independent spirit that defines the American character. Introduced in 1966 as a small off-road vehicle, it was a favorite for outdoorsmen and mountain men as it could traverse narrow and difficult terrain. Upon reaching its second and third generations (1978-9 and 1980-96, respectively), the Bronco turned to the more familiar full-sized model in order to compete with other full-sized SUVs, such as the Blazer. It was this iteration of the Bronco that that the world watched as it tried to buck thousands of reporters, helicopters and police cars on that otherwise uneventful day in June.

Ford Mustang

There are few affordable muscle cars that embody speed, elegance and performance like the Mustang. It has been one of the most popular cars on the road for almost 50 years, and it is the only car on the list to have enjoyed a consistent run since it first appeared in 1964. While the Bronco brings to mind a crazed horse (or a police chase), the Mustang evokes the image of a horse racing for the winner’s circle. It is the only one of Ford’s pony cars to have never had its production interrupted, notes Edmunds. Though not all of the model’s 10 generations possess a timeless design, the Mustang has become far more than just a car — it’s an institution. Buying a shiny new Mustang costs around $19,114, but used cars on Kelley Blue Book are listed for well under $2,000.

Shelby Cobra

Shelby Cobra Picture

The Cobra first appeared in 1961 as a marriage between the British A.C. Ace roadster and a V-8 engine designed by Ford. Designed by Carroll Shelby, it is a stealthy, powerful and vicious beast of a car, and it may be one of the most beloved sports cars on the road. For those hoping for something more powerful, Shelby also designed the 427 Super Snake in 1966. Only two were made. The first 800-horse power monster was so terrifying to drive that comedian Bill Cosby returned it after one stint behind the wheel. It became the basis for his famous 200 M.P.H. routine. Tony Maxey, a subsequent owner of this car, accidentally drove it off a cliff.

Though the Super Snake does not find its inspiration from any real animal, it is just as terrifying as any genetically altered creature that one might see on a made-for-TV movie on Syfy. The only other Super Snake in existence recently sold for $5.5 million.

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About the Author:
Chloe Baker is an avid sports fan and sports marketing guru. She started her own company in 2009, and business has been picking up ever since.

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