Wouldn’t car names be a lot more fun if they had some personality in them?
Instead of seemingly random letters assembled together to sound nice, what if cars had friendly, respectable names that were easy to remember? It’s so hard to keep track of car names like SRX, MKZ, RSX, BRZ and XKR, much less distinguish them from one another based on their names alone.
Sometimes those names take on nicknames among enthusiasts, and sometimes they are simply misinterpreted and passed down into family lore.
One of those cars is the infamous Mister Two.
We talk about cars a lot in my family. On the way to Costco yesterday the topic of childhood dream cars came up, and the lovely lady in my life struggled to remember the name of her favorite little roadster. She described it as “small and cute with a rear window that came straight down.”
Then she said, “It was kind of like the Mister Two.”
“The Mister Two? I’ve never heard of it,” I said.
“What!? Yes you have. The midengine Toyota two-seater?”
Then it dawned on me, and I cracked up.
“You mean the MR2…”
“Well, in my family we called it the Mister Two.”
I laughed at that for much longer than I care to admit, but it got me thinking that the Mister Two is a great name for a car. The name “MR2” is bland and a little boring. “Mister Two” adds a whole new level of intrigue, and, I must say, I don’t think I’ll ever use the original name as intended again.
It turns out the car she was trying to remember was the Honda Del Sol, a targa-topped, front-engine, front-wheel-drive CR-X derivative that was sold in the U.S. between 1993 and 1997.
The Del Sol is a great car to look for on the used market, but it’s certainly not anything like our old friend Mister Two.
Do you have any funny nicknames for cars?