15 Cars With The Coolest Nicknames

These cars have the most epic nicknames. Some of them might surprise you

Mercedes S-Class W140 - The Bear

This nickname is mostly known in Eastenr Europe and Russia where the executive German sedan was, often, the car of choice for members of the Mafia, usually blacked out, and often carrying something (or someone) in the trunk

Built like a tank

The car was as solid as it looked. No surprise, given Mercedes cars from that era were still overengineered. The most sought-after is the S600, whoose V-12 engine was later used in the Pagani Zonda. With a proper exhaust, it could sound like a Formula 1

Buick Electra 225 - Deuce and a quarter

This one is pretty straightforward. The Buick Electra had a few diferent versions, all of which had a different length. One of them measured 225 inches in length, hence the nickname Deuce and a quarter

More than one version measured around 225 inches

Between 1959 and 1990, there were 6 generations of the car. However, the first-generation Buick Electra 225 was the one that got the nickname, despite measuring 225.4 inches.

BMW 6 Series E24 - Shark Nose

The Shark Nose is an iconic piece of BMW design and the E25 6 Series is considered to be the pinnacle of this design feature. The E24 was produced between 1976 to 1989, with earlier cars being manufactured by Karmann

The BMW E24 is a worthy successor to the BMW 3.0 CSL

While it was the E9 that is believed to have spawned the shark nose design, that one has an even cooler nickname. The E24 occupied the same segment and came with, essentially, the same robust engine

Nissn Skyline 2000 GT-R C10 - Hakosuka

The original GT-R came out in 1969 and was a homologation special. It dominated motorsports, winning 49 races in a row. The car started life as Prince, until Nissan acquired the company, sometime in the 1960s, rebadging the car

The Boxy Skyline

At some point, peopel in Japan started refering to the C10 GT-R as the Hakosuka, because of its boxy design. It's made up of two words: "hako" - sky and "ska" - sky, so it literally transaltes to "boxy sky"

Volvo 850 Estate - Flying Brick

We shoudln't have to explain the brick part, as it's obvious. The "flying" part is because these 850s came with some pretty stout turbocharged inline-five engines, the most powperful of which - in the 850 R - making 250 hp and 258 lb/ft

The Flying Brick is a motorsports legend

Some might know that, in the 1990s, Volvo decided to enter the British Touring Car Championship with the Estate version of the 850 R, becaue it produced more downforce. Arguably, the main reason for the nickname

BMW Z3 Coupe - Clown Shoe

Remember those shoes teh clowns wear? The one with the long front end, slightly curved at the top, and the long collar? That's what the Z3 Coupe looks like. However, thigns aren't as bad as they sound

The BMW Z3 Coupe is more of a Shooting Brake

The design is quite divisive, but also makes the car surprisingly practical, for what it is. Couple that to a lively chassis and strong inline-six engines, and you can see why its a desirable sports car

Mazda RX-7 - Rotary Rocket

Mazda's flagship sports cars have always stood out, mainly because of their rotary engine. However, while its competitors relied on brute power and hi-tech, the Mazda was much ighter and simplified, apart from the rotary engne

RX-7 proved, there is a substitute for horsepower

The car was extremely capable in the corners and because it was light, it could keep up with much more powerful cars, earning it the nicxkname Rotary Rocket

Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

While the car is a movie star, being from the mid 1970s meant it only looked fast. However, it certainly stood out, i nterms of looks. One of the reasons was the Phoenix bird on the front hood, which for soem reason many refer to as the Screaming Chicken

Ford Model T - Tin Lizzie

The Ford Model T is one of the most signifficant cars, in automotive history. It was the car with wich Henry Ford revolutionised mass-production. There are 2 versions as to how it got its nickname

Dependable as a horse?

Analogies betwene horses and cars are not uncommon, even today. Back in the day, Elizabeth or Lizzie was a common name for a dependable workhorse, hence the nickname. Another version suggests it came from a 1922 race, won by a beat-up Model T

Lamborghini LM002 - Rambo Lambo

Many tend to forget Lamborghini started out as a trcator manufacturer, before going into the supercar business. The LM002 was based on the Cheetah millitay vehicle, meant for the US army. Eventualyl AM Generl's HUMVEE won the bid

Famous because of the Rambo movies?

Some believe that the Lamborghini became famous because of the Rambo movies at the time and because the slang for amborghini - Lambo - rhymes with Rambo. According to others it is becuse of the SUV's original purpose. Or maybe, it's because of both

Toyota MR-2 - Poor man's Ferrari

JDM cars from the 1990s have a cult following and the MR-2 is among them. Just like the Ferrari 348 from that time, it had an aggressive design and a mid-engine layout. More surprisingly, it was just as quick

The SW20 MR-2 shares an engine with a rally icon

In GTS trim, this pocket rocket is powered by the 3S GTE turbo-four engine, shared with the Celica GT-Four. With 245 hp and 224 lb/ft, it matched the Ferrari 348's 0-60 mph time whilecosting a fraction of the price

BMW 3.0 CSL E9 - Batmobile

Like many other iconic vehicles, the E9-based BMW 3.0 CSL was a homologation special, in order for the car to compete in the Touring Car Championship. CSL stands for Coupe Sport Leicht (coupe sport light) and it's one of the most sought-after BMW models

Proably what Batman would have driven if he was based in Germany

Being as close to a race car as possible, the 3.0 CSL was much lighter and featured a radical body kit, which thanks to a big wing and unusual for the time groudn effects, earned it the nickname, Batmobile

Ford Mustang SVT Cobra SN95 - Terminator

Throughout the years, there have been countless special, hot versions of the Ford Mustang. Many of them came from Shelby American, but this one was done by Ford's Special Vehicles Team (SVT)

It beat the competition into submission

Camaro vs Mustang is one of the oldesr rivalries, dating back to 1966. However, in the early 2000s, Ford literally terminated the competition, causing the competition from GM to withdraw for a few years

Porsche 911 (930) Turbo - Widowmaker

While the 911 has always been one of the best performance cars, money can buy, earlier models were tricky to drive, because of the rear-mounted engine. The 930-generation introduced forced induction, which brought more power but also turbo-lag

You better be awake when the boost kicks in

Old turbocharged engines were qutie laggy, but once the boost builds up, it hits you hard. When that happens mid-corner - which it did, a lot - taiming the rear-engine 911 becomes almost impossible. Many fell victim to the Turbo's unpredictable power

Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 - Godzilla

After the GT-R name was absent for a few years, it returned wit ha bang. Like the original, the R32 GT-R was a homologation special that dominated the Touring Car Series, prompting Australian car magazine, Wheels to nicknaem the car Godzilla

A true race car for the road

The car's incredible combination of race-bred chassis and an immensely capable twin-turbo, inline-six engine - the RB26 DETT - made the car into the ultimate racing car that was also surprisingly supple on the street


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