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Encyclopedia Hoonatica: The Name’s The Same

There are only so many memorable, cool-sounding, or widely known car names, and many have been recycled over the years on different, unrelated models. Many have even been affixed to cars from different manufacturers. But in some cases, a particular car maker has concurrently sold different cars in different markets under the same name. That is what you’re tasked with listing today.

Here are the caveats:

  • The vehicles need to be sold concurrently, or at least in the same decade or so.
  • The vehicles need to be by the same manufacturer (or at least the same industrial conglomerate.) No thieved car names.
  • No “world car” model that happened to be sold in different countries, but was basically the same platform.
  • No race cars or concept cars. We want regular production cars for sale to the public.
  • Sub-lines and trim level names are a gray area. Toss them out only if they are fairly notable and unusual. Nothing generic, such as “Limited Edition” or “Sport.”

Difficulty: As easy as taking candy from a Buddha.

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Encyclopedia Hoonatica: Multiple C-Pillar Windows…or something.


Today’s Hoonatica entry was suggested by fellow Hooniverse staffer Kamil Kaluski. who wants to know about “Vehicles with two C-pillar windows. This is tricky, as window usually is a division between the C- and D-pillars.” He included the above photo as an illustration.

Now, if his suggested characteristic is not crystal clear to you, you are not alone, as the resulting staff E-mails indicate. Robert Emslie replied, “Huh? What the hell are you talking about?” Alan Cesar attempted to clarify the question by asking, “Are you talking about the window ahead of and behind the C pillar? That this car is an oddball because it has 2 in that sense? Or do you mean just the little bitty triangle window?” Unfortunately, like the Greek oracle, Kamil’s replied was equally cryptic: “Yes, exactly!” Not a helpful answer to an either/or question, Kamil.

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Encyclopedia Hoonatica: Cars Named For Cats


Over the years, automobiles have been given names intended to conjure up impressions of forcefulness, danger, precision, maneuverability, speed, beauty, independence or self-confidence. And nearly any feline species epitomizes nearly all those characteristics simultaneously. So, it’s no surprise that cat names are a popular naming choice.

Your task today is to list all the cat-related vehicular nomenclature you can. Since there are only so many feline species out there, feel free to go long: model names, brand names, motorcycles, trucks, military vehicles — if it has an engine and moves on a roadway, it’s fair game.

Difficulty: “They’re not as easy as I thought they’d be, Master.”

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Encyclopedia Hoonatica: Makers of Vehicles and Firearms


An old friend once told me that there are three topics of conversation in which no teenage male will ever admit ignorance: girls, cars, and guns. While that’s probably not literally true, our encyclopedia entry for today involves two of them (hint: neither is “girls”).

Guns and vehicles do seem go together. From a purely pragmatic standpoint, it makes sense: the various parts of an internal combustion engine and the barrel and frame of a firearm require similar manufacturing skills to cast, forge and efficiently machine moving parts that are highly accurate and metallurgically robust enough to deal with extreme stress during operation. A factory that builds one can probably build the other.

So, your task today is to name all the car (truck, motorcycle, scooter, tractor, etc.) manufacturers that have also dabbled in firearms manufacturing. Or vice versa.

Difficulty: “More than a tickle, less than paying your taxes.”

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Image Source: Random web images previously downloaded to my hard drive. Beyond that I have no clue.

Encyclopedia Hoonatica: Negative Angle Glass


Automotive greenhouses tend to be somewhat pyramid shaped, with glass that angles in toward the top, describing a more-or-less convex curve (or at the very least imitating the sides of an A-frame chalet). If the vehicle is commercial and utilitarian enough, it might have vertical glass. But auto glass that’s leans outward is especially rare, and the topic of our Hoonatica entry today.

It’s an All-Skate! Given the peculiar (perhaps even slightly goofy) nature of this characteristic, anything goes: production cars, trucks, concepts, one-offs, customs, iron-wheeled Soviet-era Russian logging tractors — if you’ve got a picture of it, post it! [Unfortunately, it must have wheels.]

Difficulty: You can’t handle the truth.

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Image Source: Flickr, Flickr (again), Hooniverse.

Encyclopedia Hoonatica: Factory Pink Paint Jobs

A female co-worker of mine is shopping for a new car, and she loves pink. But wanting a pink car is a bit of an issue. In her words, “I own a pink rifle, a pink boom box, a pink laptop and a pink bicycle; why can’t I buy a pink car?”

The only cars I could think of that arrived on dealers’ lots in pink were the famous 1970 Panther Pink/Moulin Rouge Mopars. So, I turn to you, my fellow Hooniversalist brethren. What other production cars can you name that are/were sold by the manufacturer in some shade of pink?

    Here are the caveats (there are always caveats):

  • Consider the ’70 Mopars covered. We don’t have to list them all, model-by-model.
  • I want regular production cars for sale to the public — that means no concept cars.
  • No Playboy award cars, unless you can somehow document that pink was also offered as a regular production paint option.
  • No aftermarket paint jobs, no matter how noteworthy. [Along this same line, the first one to post a photo of Paris Hilton’s Bentley will be subjected to a good ol’ fashioned, Amish-style shunning.]
  • Even though this should already covered above, let me specifically state that Mary Kay is *NOT* an automobile manufacturer.

Difficulty: Approximately 975,000 banana-equivalent-doses per millifortnight.

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Encyclopedia Hoonatica: Drivetrain by consortium


“The bottle ENGINE went round / Like a woman down south / Passed on from hand to hand” —Elton John, “Elderberry Wine” [Paraphrased]

Groupthink rarely results in spectacular ideas, or spectacular execution of those ideas. This is true of lots of things, including airships, record albums, and vehicle engines. The two most notorious examples of the latter are the GEMA World Engine, which simultaneously stained the reputations of Chrylser, Hyundai and Mitsubishi, and the PRV V6, which was (unsurprisingly, given its initials) a product Peugeot, Renault and Volvo. It sure sounds like a good idea: distribute the R&D cost between manufacturers and then reap greater economies of scale in production. In reality, it ends up just being a convenient way to deflect blame.

In any case, your EH challenge for today is to think of other engines (or other major components, such as transmissions, or differentials, dome light lens hinges or hydrocopic marzelvanes) that were designed and built by a consortium of otherwise independent* auto makers with malice aforethought the intention of being shared between manufacturers.

*This does not include stuff shared between divisions or marques within the same parent company, captive imports, badge-engineered derivatives, components made by independent third party suppliers (i.e., Allison, Dana), or stuff scavenged from the carcass of a dying manufacturer after the fact. Double points if you name one that was actually braggable.

Difficulty: Mystery Grab Bag!!!

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Encyclopedia Hoonatica: A-Pillar Windows


One modern automotive that I find odd is A-pillar windows; you know, those little windows you sometimes see between the windshield and front window. They’re not wing windows, because they’re not part of the door — they stay put when you open the door. But they are a separate piece of glass from the windshield. They’re rather an uneven thing: some are useful and probably increase visibility and interior light, others are just useless bits of styling.

Regardless of how effective they are, your task for today is to list all the cars you can that have this curious addition to their greenhouse.

Difficulty: Y’know that hole at the Mini-Putt course that’s a straight, flat shot to the hole, and all you have to do is time it to avoid the little windmill blades?”

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Image Credit: hdwallpapersbase.com, Wikipedia, Kicking Tires blog at Cars.com

Encyclopedia Hoonatica: 4-Door Sedans With Pop-Up Headlights


Back in the era when our friends at the US Dept. of Transportation mandated non-aero sealed-beam headlights, car manufacturers (and buyers) were in love with the zoomy look of pop-up headlights — well, on sports cars and coupes, at least. The sleek, smooth, low facia that pop-ups afforded just wasn’t all that important when it came to the boxier, more upright, less racy sedan market. The other day I saw a mid-’80s Honda Accord sedan with hidden headlights and it struck me how unusual it was to see a four-door sedan that could bat its eyes.

So, I’ve chosen that as your Hoonatican challange for today: name four-door sedans with pop-up headlights. A few important guidelines:

  • Sedans are not hatchbacks. No 5-doors. If it ain’t got a trunk, it ain’t got that funk.
  • There were plenty of American cars in the ’60s and ’70s that had hidden headlights behind the grille that weren’t pop-up headlights. Even though they really aren’t in the spirit of what I’m suggesting, I’ll allow them because: 1) we all loves us some malaise-era Continental, and 2) I’m painfully aware y’all are going to go there regardless of whatever restrictions I might suppose to impose. Finally, 3) Nobody is still reading at this point and have already jumped to the comments. But be forewarned, you’re only going to earn half credit, and somebody may tease you about it on the playground during recess.

Difficulty: 10% Benzoyl Peroxide

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Encyclopedia Hoonatica: Models Shared By Name


This week’s entry into the virtual book of automotive knowledge comes from the fertile mind of our very own engineerd™, who shot me this E-mail the other day:

“I was sitting at a red light the other day and in front of me was a Neon. As I’m sitting there pondering this, I realize that it was sold as both a Dodge and Plymouth in the US of A. So then I started thinking of other cars sold under the same model name by two different related marques and had trouble (unless I expanded my thought process to Europe where the Opel Astra was also the Saturn Astra, the Dodge Caravan is also the Lancia Caravan, etc.). I’d like to see what else our car-crazy brethren come up with.”

So, there you are. What instances can you recall where different brands sold the same model under the same name?


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