Three neighbors with new cars held a christening.
The first man had a Pierce-Arrow. “I name thee George Washington,” he said.
“First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”
“I name thee Abraham Lincoln,'' said the owner of a Cadillac.
“Of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
The last man owned a Model T Ford.
“I name thee Theodore Roosevelt," he exclaimed,
“you rough - riding son - of - a - gun!”•
Good one (and link). Thank you for posting,
My next one will be "Elvis" Shake Rattle and Roll. OK he wasn't the first to make it a hit but he did sing it.
Name may very depending on how you'r car is running at the time.
Clipping from period newspaper. Scan is too small I know, but when zoomed on the PC some can be read.
Some of the favorites from above are:
Oil by Myself
Mis – Frequently
Four wheels --- all tired
Why girls walk home
Chicken—here’s your coup
Pray as you enter
Not lazy---just shiftless
Baby here’s your rattle
Danger- 6,000 jolts
Fierce arrow with a quiver
We named the car in my profile Frederick because after leaving one of the Babylons (I honestly don't remember which one the seller lived in) on Long Island, the first time we opened the trailer so that my wife could see what we'd just bought, we were in Frederick, MD. Mary said, "We'll call her Frederick."
The name stuck.
We settled on "Penelope" out of a field of Brass-Era names like Adeline, Genevieve, Henrietta, Betsy, Agatha, Muriel, Alexandra, Ophelia, Pricilla, Gwendolyn, Felicity, Anabel, Gertrude, Wilhelmina, Harriet, Hazel, Esmeralda, Daisy, Constance, Agnes, Winnifred, Amelia, Mabel, Shirley, Scheherazade and Anastasia.
Depends on how the trip goes, Somedays she's just my baby while other days I have a few other choice names for my model T
Big Liz because it's a big tin lizzie.
Betty because that was the previous owner's name on the insurance papers under the seat.
Click on my name to see them.
Well, our red 1915 runabout is called 'Cobra'. My wife told me she would like to have a red Ford Cobra. Well, I told her I met her desires and we now have a red Ford 'Cobra'. She wasn't as humored as I was.
Skeeter, I have never liked country music. I heard Skeeter Davis singing " I cant stay Mad at You" She has the best voice I have ever listen to. A girl next door type, not a trained voice. Scott ps I have a 27 Coupe
My grandchildren named my '23 Touring "Bullwinkle" and my Big Red 4-wheeler "Rocky." The names stuck.
My names are more descriptive. They are
"The Blue Car"
"The Red Car"
My 27 touring has been called, Snakebit Can-O-Worms ....
I am with Darel on this. When we got our Austin, we called it "the Austin." When we got the T, we called it "the T." (Of course, when Anja and I were speaking Dutch, they became "de Austin" and "de T" (prnounced "tay.")
This is "Ol' Trusty."
After many years of driving, countless Club tours, and many thousands of miles, he never failed to get me there and back. And he never was on the vulture wagon while on a tour.
My Grandfather's 27 coupe is Abe,(for Abraham Lewis Woods). My 26 fordor is Money Pit.
My first one is "Nellie" That is because when I bought it and drove it home the wheels kept shimmying and whenever that would happen I shouted "Woah Nellie"
The second one has a male name. It is "Harrison" named for Harrison Ford.
The third one looks like a cat in heat. (22 roadster) So it is called "Miss Kitty"
Mike- you have now been snakebit. Those words "And he never was on the vulture wagon while on a tour" are best left unspoken. He might hear you and decide it's time to rebel.
The previous owner of my first car, a Model A, had named it "Flattery" as it will get you nowhere.
Never got past Fliver. ( & I don't know the origins of the name).
We have "Sweet T", "Hot T" and the speedster will b "Iced T". The Vette is "Froggy", The Morris is "Toady", the Chrysler convertible is "Rosebud" and the Tahoe is "Taco". Every car I have ever had was named and some were four letter words!
Nellybell is a combination of my Grandmothers name and the Jeep on Sky King. I dropped the "y" at the end of bell. My Grandmother learned to drive in a Model T and my Grandfather had a T repair shop in eastern Washington.
I never got into the naming thing.......I've always called everything I own what it is........with the exception mentioned by Bob McDonald.......and those names I can't put here.
My 14' touring is named Butch after my grandfather and my 27 Fordor is named Ruby after my aunt and the color of the car. My kid loves the names because it is just like when she names her stuffed animals.
I bought my car from a very nice lady who's husband had the car restored nut to bolt back in 86-87, and unfortunately passed away, he called her Mildred, so Mildred it will always be till my time also comes..I think its very fitting to her personality.
Well let's see, there is:
The Old Man 1906 Holsman
L'il Howard Bing our 1909 Brush model D Roadster
Whooper the 1917 Hupmobile Model N 5 passenger touring
The Becker Special or The Special 1917 Model T speedster
Ran into this little feller and wasn't able to extricate him from the radiator so we decided to name the 15 after him.
Last but not least Tin Tillie the 1919 model T touring car
The little pickup has been chasing us around for more years then I can count. My friend Jeremy is caretaker of it( been in the family since new he is 4 the generation owner/ caretaker)
Our cars are members of our Family we have had The Old Man, Howard and Whooper since the early 1960's. Tin Tillie joined us in 1982. The Special was born out of leftover parts as a Christmas gift to my dad from best friend Clayton and I.
Joesephine was a parts car my great grandpa Lou bought years ago when he had the parts business. Dad sold Clayton Joesephine several years ago....
When I first got my 1909 Touring on the road I named it Robert, since it is a "Red Ford"
I call the '17 Sambuca (for black licorice) and because he is amighty steed (a horse being ridden or available for riding) that sired my '26 grandson Bucking Billy, becuse he bounced me of the walls on the way home from White River Jct. Vermont the day I bought him.
PS: I didn't sleep in a Holiday Inn last night, but I do now own a coupe!
My yellow speedster is Eliza. My wife thought of it - she liked that it was close to 'Liz but seemed a bit spunkier.
I named mine Rocinante after Don Quixote's poor old broken down horse that Quixote is convinced is a mighty and noble steed. This was also the name that Steinbeck chose for his camper truck in Travels with Charley... it seemed apt.
Thanks Zach, that's a great idea, I think I'll change Bucking Billy's name to Seabiscuit (had an inauspicious start to his racing career but became a champion)!
I named mine Sara Jane Because the wife said I couldn't have a girlfriend!
It's funny, when I buy a car, I always wait to see if it will develop a name or not. My new cars rarely do (they don't have much of a personality). My '53 Ford sedan I bought when I was 17 became known to my entire high school as "Betty Lou".
The TT truck pictured in my profile almost instantly took on the name "Mr. T." My little nieces and nephews love that he has a name and refer to the truck like it is a pet when they come to visit. You would think when they come to the farm that they are asking to go see a pony instead of a truck. Interestingly, the other truck at the farm (1949 Dodge) has no name yet. It is simply "The Dodge".
Muffy the magnificent!
I've never been one for naming vehicles. My wife gives the antiques names. I refuse to use them. The A is "Bonnie" because one of the colors was Bonnie Blue. She briefly tried calling my TT "Henry", but that idea fizzled pretty quickly, so she gave that name to the cat. When she got her '67 Mustang, she named it "Sally". Bet that's the only one......Then when she got her '18 Touring, she named it "Clara". No, she's not too creative when it comes to naming cars. I've never gone along with any of them. I know what she means when she says it, but if she's waiting on me to start using the names too, then she's gonna wait a little longer. I guess I see the need, if you have several. She has a '67 and an '07 Mustang, so "The Mustang" is indeed confusing. Also, I used to have a black '08 F-150. "The truck" or even "The black truck" could be confusing. I usually refer to the 4 antiques as "The A", "The T", "The T truck", and "The '67".
Russel T. Phored (Russ-T Ford). When he is running well I just call him "Rusty". The name doesn't matter because, like my deaf dog "D.D.", when you call he he never comes.
My girl friend has a 05 Mustang (Screaming Yellow) convertible and the licence plate is SALLLY for Mustang Sally and her 2001 F-150 crew cab Harley addition PU licence plate is FATGIRL after the fat boy bike. This all happened before we knew each other.
Hey GR, I told you that would happen if you keep squealing your rear tires every time you started off!
Rob Heyen, I see you're from the great state of Nebraska and that's were one of my favorite towns is/was, Ogallala. I stopped many a time at the Union 76 truck stop there whenever I was passing through. I went to look it up on google maps and all they had was a Subway posted there. What did the good people of Nebraska do with Ogallala?
PS: this is for Robert Scott Owens ("if it ain't country, it ain't music")
I just call mine "Old Thing". It doesn't matter which one I'm driving at the time, the name is still the same. After I get done with a nice long drive, I pat the fender and say , "Thanks Old Thing".
I guess that's not very original, but then my cat's name is Cat so you can't expect too much from me I suppose.
I'm lucky enough to own several cars so the Ts are just get called by the year . . . "the 27 or 14 or 11". The Model A is just called "the A" and the two Highwheelers are called by their manufacturer, "the International" and "the Sears". OK, not original and not imaginative but at least that way, my wife knows which car I'm talking about.
Speaking about wives, today I was working on my '26 and asked my wife to come help in the garage (BIG MISTAKE, remind me to never do that again). I needed her turn the steering wheel so I could see what was going on with the linkage. I'm having a problem with the steering wheel rolling over. That went ok, but then she start asking questions about why the driver seat was out of place and some scratch, chip paint on a fender. I said let me fix the steering and adjust the bands so I can use it and then I'll worry about paint scratches and seat alignments.
Well I have never named my cars; but Mary has named her's since she was a young school teacher in East LA.
When we retired and moved to Missouri to raise cattle, horses, chickens, guineas, cats and dogs Mary named them one and all. They became Kin as they say back there.
This means that she wouldn't eat the eggs or eat the beef. No problem with the guineas. Being from Africa they were impossible to catch.
I had a cow that didn't calf and sold her to the kids next door for steaks and chops and Mary declared that we wouldn't be able to eat there for the next year.