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This may be completely dumb, but the other day I was out with my 1965 Fleetwood and a fellow saw the car and commented on how nice it was and look it over, asked what did I call her!

To much dismay, I had never given the car a name. In fact, I never have named any car I have owned. My dad had a name for one of his trucks, and others I know have offered up names bestowed upon their vehicles.

A very famous movie, titled after the name lead character, 'Christine', creates an interesting question... has anyone on here 'christened' their cars with names?

After that day, names and ideas have come and gone through my mind, but none really fit the bill for my 65.
 

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The car looks like a Fredrick to me. That or an Al.
 

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Johnson.

Or if you're thinking female names, Mallorie sticks out to me.
 

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I used to call my 66 Olds Christine because I was tired of fixing it and wanted the car to fix itself lol. I have never named any other cars though.
 

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This may be completely dumb, but the other day I was out with my 1965 Fleetwood and a fellow saw the car and commented on how nice it was and look it over, asked what did I call her!

To much dismay, I had never given the car a name. In fact, I never have named any car I have owned. My dad had a name for one of his trucks, and others I know have offered up names bestowed upon their vehicles.

A very famous movie, titled after the name lead character, 'Christine', creates an interesting question... has anyone on here 'christened' their cars with names?

After that day, names and ideas have come and gone through my mind, but none really fit the bill for my 65.
I think that naming your car has all to do with what the car means to you or what may have inspred you to own it. Then of course it needs to be appropriate for the kind of car that is.

For instance one of my all time favorite movies is the 80's movie Wise Guys with Capt Lou Albano as "Frankie the Fixer". He has a big white 59' with the license plate "FIXER". I'm ordering "FIXER 94" plates for my white 94 FWB and appropriately naming the car FIXER.

BTW....my 12 year old told me NOT to drive him to school with that car....ain't it fun to "embarrass" our kids???? lol

HAPPY 4th!!
 

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I already had Damballa's name picked out the day I went to pick her up.
Upon being asked by my friend why I named my car, I replied "I just thought the name fit the cars character" She asked me to name her 2005 Taurus, I came up with Lucy. hahahaa.
I agree with Stingroo, a male name would fit that car better I think.

This is just done with the stickers from auto zone but their holding up well:
 

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Hey, nothing dumb about naming a car.

My 1992 Brougham D'Elegance is slate gray...I always thought it was a classy, dignified looking car, and as such it needed a classy, dignified name, so I call him Edward. I definitely think these cars are 'male' rather than female, unless of course you're looking at a pale yellow car with the white soft top. lol.
 

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lol Nick. Wait until he learns more. I remember when I was 12, my dad had a Cutlass that was nicknamed Gutlass because it sat in our yard for a year with a blown motor, but after we fixed it, the car looked terrible, but was fast as all get out. I loved riding in it. :)

Agreed with Robb. The cars look more masculine, but some guys just have a thing about naming all their vehicles female names anyway, so I figured I'd offer one, just in case. :)

Edit: And as far as female Cadillacs, you can't really name a Mary Kay pink special a male name either. lol
 

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Some cars inspire names, some don't. You really have to own the car to know its personality to decide if it deserves a name.

My '77 CDV is called Rebecca after the Daphne du Maurier character, because she's kind of a living tribute to my long-lost first car.



I bought my '69 FWB while visiting friends in Tucson. They're antique book dealers, and when they saw the size and color, the car was immediately christend Babe, after Paul Bunyan's blue ox (which was really more of a powder blue, but who's counting).



So, if you feel an attachment to your '65 and think it has a personality, name away!

Craig
 

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Hi, Since cars are fun it is fun to name them! Why not?!?! My yellow 79 Sedan deVille d'Elegance is named "Kon-Tiki" after the Inca sun god and also the famous book about the south Pacific raft expedition by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl. I also sometimes refer to it as "the Tiki Barge" and, when poking fun at pious Prius owners, it is known as "the best 11 MPG car I'm proud to drive every day."

Some cars I've previously owned that were named were my 75 Buick Electra 225 called "Thor" after the Norwegian thunder god. I figured Thor=thunder would go with Electra=lightning(!?). :) Plus, I'm Norwegian and Thor is my last name. I had "THOR" personalized plates made for that Electra which later went on my gold 76 Fleetwood, so that car then became known as Thor, and then on my gray 90 Brougham d'Elegance, which became the next new Thor, and then the plates went on to my current 79 Sedan deVille for which the masculine name Thor didn't ever seem right since the car is yellow and more whimsical and tropical so I decided to go into deep thought mode (2 or 3 martinis) and the name Kon-Tiki came to mind and it fits just right and had a Thor tie-in.

Some other ones: I previously owned a Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit which was named "the Buick" after a very old man who stopped me a few years ago in a parking lot and asked what model Buick it was. Not missing a beat I replied it was a Park Avenue d'Elegance Limited Ultra Brougham Special Edition, or some such BS (I'm sure it was cocktails talking again) and the old guy said "nice car!" I just about peed my pants! It did look a little like an early 80's LeSabre. Another Rolls I owned, a Silver Shadow II, resembled a Checker Cab so "Checker Cab" was the name!

Have fun finding just the right name that suits you and the car.

Dave
 

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I've named cars in the past. My Cadillac is kind of named by the plate.



People just LOVE the license plate. I get SO many comments on it.

Martin.
 

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I never named my car. I don't think it's weird, but I just can't commit to a single name. Sometimes when it frustrates me, I refer to it derisively as "car". e.i., "Don't give me any of this crap, car!". Since I'm the only one of my friends who drives a Cadillac, most automatically refer to my car as "the caddy" while other people's cars just get called "cars". The name Cadillac already sort of asserts itself as part of it's identity. People aren't likely to say "oh, let's go for a ride in the Hyundai"

On an interesting note, i recall on mythbusters they had a big, black 1969 Cadillac sedan that they dubbed "Earl". It really fits that car well.
 

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I call mine Hooligan,because the car has been a trouble maker since day one.

I'd call yours Slate,because of the color
 

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I like the idea of naming a car, and some of the cars that passed through our household get some sort of nick name, while some just go by the make/model.

My girlfriend and I named my white/red '80 CDV "Sally Ann." The car has a plaque on the dash declaring it was "Especially Built for Sally H. Nixon," so I wanted to pay tribute to her, and my girlfriend and her family are all heavily involved with the Salvation Army (an organization also known by some as "The Sally Ann.") so the name just worked out. I love the way it sounds.

My grandmother's 1985 Pontiac Parisienne was dubbed "The Baby" by our mechanic.

I had a 1988 Caprice hearse that I bought from a funeral home/cremation place that was called "Serenity Cremations" so I called the thing "Serenity." Likewise, our blue and white 1980 Cadillac hearse is called "Tranquility" to follow the same theme as the Caprice, although it has nothing to do with a previous owner.

My brother has inherited my grandfather's 1981 GMC Sierra 1500, which has always been called "Old Red" by all the members of the family.

A shortened list is as follows... make of it what you will:

"The Fifty" - 1950 Cadillac hearse
"Old Blue" - 1989 Corsica (Sold)
"Old Red" - 1981 GMC Sierra 1500
"Sally Ann" - 1980 CDV
"Tranquility" - 1980 Cadillac hearse
"Serenity" - 1988 Caprice Hearse (Sold)
"The Green One" - 1976 Fleetwood Brougham
"The Baby" - 1985 Pontiac Parisienne
"Old Greg" - '85 GMC (parts truck)
"The Swag" - 2001 Saturn Station Wagon
"The Turkell," "Turd" and "The Turdcel" - 1995 Toyota Tercel (daily)
"Percy Statesmobile" - 1985 Parisienne (parts car, crushed)
"The Mumfire" - 2003 Pontiac Sunfire, 4-door
"Charlie Ross" - 1979 SDV
 

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Brougham Geezer, I love 'The Green One'...that made me laugh. I've got 'Edward' (which looks like Thor), and he'll be going up for sale soon as I bought 'The One That Doesn't Need Paint and Bodywork.'
 

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I've never named my car, although I did have a fake New York vanity plate on the front of it that read "BARZINI" Its a Godfather reference in case you didn't get it.
 

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I named mine Barbara Ann, after the Beach Boys song.
I don't know why, but whenever I heard the song (when they still played it on classic rock stations) it made me think of the fifties, and the huge fifties cars. Driving a Cadillac (Fleetwood) Brougham, being America's largest regular production vehicle, the name kinda fits.

I also occasionally refer to her (Cadillac) as "The American Luxury Sedan," in passing conversations.
 

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WOW.............thanks for all the posts. It is greatly appreciated showing the positive replies about naming a car. There are many unique names to each of your 'babies' and I agree that it is all personal preference when it comes down the the wire. I definately really want to give my car a name as time goes, and want it to be a name that fits the car.

Great point about the male vs. female. I have always thought that a car always seem to be female, and never really thought much about a male name, but since mentioning it, a male name for my 65 Fleetwood might be more appropriate. Obviously being a Fleetwood make the car prestigious, not to mention it behemoth size. I am going to give some more thought to a male name. My mind keeps pondering unusual names like Rutherford, Windfield, Van Buren or Quincy.
 

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I firmly believe that because cars are so finicky and seem to have minds of their own, I always give them women's names. I've named all of my cars before. Usually I denote a dark colored car with an Italianate name and lighter colored cars with Gaelic or Nordic names.

I'm thinking of a name for my 1975 Coupe, I'll be painting her triple black enamel with triple clear enamel gloss as a top coat, all work done by myself. I'm not sure what name I'll give her as she's not very tempermental and cooperates with my efforts, but of course, perhaps something Italianate (i.e. Sylvia, Fiona, Galina, etc.).

I imagine yours as being more Nordic (Scandinavian) rather than Gaelic (Irish), so I'm thinking maybe Svetlana, Tatyana, or maybe Eleonora. It all has to do in my opinion with the color of a woman's eyes.
 

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I've named (or tried to name) all of the cars that I have owned. My current line-up is:

1997 Cavalier - The Leer (like the jets, plus, it's white)

1984 Coupe DeVille - Frank (like Frankenstien, because of the mix of Cadillac and Olds parts)

1990 Brougham d'Elegance - Mary (like the bloody-mary drinks, because the car is a dark red)

Good luck naming yours, GenrlRodes!
 
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