99 classic cars and their nicknames


The illustrator Helge Jepsen and the writer Michael Kockritz made an interesting compendium of the nicknames of 99 classic cars was Posted by teNeues. Here is a selection of the best ...

VW BEETLE - HERBIE
The star of countless Hollywood movies since he first appeared in "Motorized Cupid" in 1968. Herbie is a VW Beetle who always wears the number 53. With his magical powers, he can drive himself, climb walls and even win races. against cars that are significantly faster. Herbie's last appearance was in 2005, when Linsday Lohan portrayed an aspiring racing driver in "Herbie: Full Drive."

TRABANT 601 - TRABI
It is often seen as a symbol of East German failure. Since 1958, the Trabant was the car that East Germans depended on. His model 601 was released six years later. The chassis was made of Duroplast, a plastic impregnated with resin. Due to this material, the car also came to be known as the “Racing Card”.

LAND ROVER SIIA - PINK PANTHER
Despite the pink exterior, there is a very serious reason behind the Pink Panther's color. This Land Rover Series IIA is a military vehicle used by the Special Air Service of the British Army. The model uses a pink base because it offers the best camouflage in desert landscapes. The Defender, another Land Rover model, was also painted in this shade.

McLAREN M8D - BATHMOBILE
This two-seater racing car was created for the Canadian American Cup, CanAm, a speed motorsport competition between these two countries. The McLaren M8D was nicknamed the Batmobile due to its aerodynamic design. His form was clearly a success because in 1970 Denis Hulme, Dan Gurney and Peter Gethin won nine of their 10 races in this car. However, the M8D is notorious for other reasons. That same year, the team's owner, Bruce McLaren, was killed in an accident while testing the car at the Goodwood Circuit in Sussex, England.

ALFA ROMEO 1900 C52 - FLYING DISC
The small size of this Alfa Romeo meant that many drivers felt restricted within its small proportions. However, Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, reportedly praised its design, saying, "Every time I see an Alfa Romeo pass by, I take my hat off."

CHEVROLET 150 - BLACK WIDOW
Mechanics Bradley Dennis and Paul McDuffie founded the Atlanta Tune-Up Service and despite being shipped the cheapest Chevrolet models, they soon convinced the best racing drivers of the day to drive for them. Noting its success, Chevrolet makers General Motors published the Stock Car Competition Guide, an assembly manual for Black Widow race cars. The paint combination for these cars were exclusively black and white. Because they were never officially chain-produced by Chevrolet, there are no figures for the number of Black Widow cars manufactured.

MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SL W 198 - SEAGULL WINGS
This fast, stylish and expensive Mercedes 300 SL proved to the world that in 1954, just nine years after the end of World War II, Germany was still capable of making excellent cars. Adored by the rich and famous, this car was nicknamed Seagull Wings in America, because of the way its open doors took.

JAGUAR D-TYPE - LONG NOSE
After 1955, all Jaguar D-types became known as Long Nose because the front of the car was extended 19 cm to increase its top speed at the La Sarthe circuit, France. The spoiler behind the driver's seat was based on aerodynamic research and pilots reported that it had unprecedented stability. Although the D-type helped Mike Hawthorn and Ivor Bueb win at the French track at Le Mans in 1955, their victory was marred by a terrible accident in which more than 80 spectators were killed.

MASERATI TYPE 61 - BIRD CAGE
In 1959, Maserati chief designer Guido Alfieri welded 200 tubes into a tight lattice. He used this to shape the chassis of the Type 60. Hence its name: Bird Cage. With the addition of a three-liter engine, this car was able to enter the World Automobile Championship, and the Type 61 was born. In 1960, Maserati won several races in the United States and Europe. These victories continued until 1961 with the couple of Masten Gregory and Lloyd Casner.

 

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