16 June 2015

Classic Car Acronyms Revisited

Car acronyms were a natural byproduct of the old school rivalries between diehard enthusiasts, which we outlined in our recent story, Classic Car Acronyms. Readers weighed in with their own suggestions (some of which, frankly, we’ve never heard before), and this time, no car fan is safe:

  • AMC: America’s Muscle Car; All Mistakes Combined; Another Major Catastrophe

  • BMW: Beautiful Mechanical Wonder; Brings Me Women; Big Money Waster; Broke My Wallet

  • Chevrolet: Cracked Head, Every Valve Rattles, Oil Leaks Every Time; Condition Hopeless, Every Vehicle Relies On Leftover Engineering Technology

  • Chrysler: Company Has Recommended You Start Learning Engine Repair

  • Dodge: Drips Oil Drips Grease Everywhere; Dead On Day Guarantee Expires; Dreams Of Dependability Gone Elsewhere

  • Edsel: Every Day Something Else Leaks

  • Everett-Metzger Flanders (EMF): Every Mechanical Failure

  • Fiat: Failed Italian Automotive Technology; Fling It Around Turns; Found In A Toilet

  • Ford: Fix Or Repair Daily; First On Race Day; Flip Over Read Directions; Finest Off Road Device; Favorite Of Race Drivers

  • GM: Great Mistake

  • GMC: Got Mechanic Coming; Garage Man's Companion; Great Mountain Climber; General Maintenance Constantly

  • GTO: Gas, Tires and Oil

  • Jaguar: Junk Always Going Under At Repair Shop

  • Jeep: Just Empty Every Pocket; Just Enough Engine Power

  • Mazda: Mostly Always Zipping Dangerously Along

  • Mercedes: Many Expensive Repairs Can Eventually Discourage Extra Sales

  • MG: Mostly Garaged; Money Guzzler

  • MG-B: Might Go Backwards

  • MOPAR: Move Over, People Are Racing; My Old Pig Ain't Running; Made Of Parts Already Ruined; More Parts And Repairs; Miscellaneous Odd Parts Assembled Recklessly; Massively Overpowered and Respected; More Overall Performance And Reliability

  • Oldsmobile: Old Ladies Driving Slowly Make Others Behind Infuriatingly Late Everyday

  • Plymouth: Please Leave Your Money Out Under The Hood

  • Pontiac: Poor Old Nerd Thinks It's A Cadillac

  • SAAB: Send Another Automobile Back; Swedish Automobiles Always Breakdown

  • Triumph: Tried Repairing It Until My Parts Hurt

  • Volvo: Very Odd Looking Vehicular Object

30 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Daryl AZ June 17, 2015 at 16:20
    Grandparents had an EMF, called it "Ever More Fix." FIAT "Fix It Again Tony."
  • 2
    Bob Merlis Los Angeles June 17, 2015 at 16:28
    Great idea! Invite readers to slag off various car brands to which others have an emotional connection.
  • 3
    Mike Seattle June 17, 2015 at 16:43
    You forgot LOTUS: Lots of Trouble, Usually Serious
  • 4
    H. B. Feinberg IN June 17, 2015 at 17:30
    Every Morning Fix Fix It Again Tony Found On Road Dead and Pontiac wasn't a Nerd
  • 5
    Kre USA June 17, 2015 at 18:09
    Ford - Found on road dead. Fiat - Fix it again Tony.
  • 6
    Jerry Rozaieski Atwater, ohio June 17, 2015 at 18:53
    A couple you missed: GTO- Get your Tools Out, Fiat-Fix It Again,Tony!
  • 7
    Derek Sutton Cape Cod June 17, 2015 at 19:36
    This is the funniest thing I've seen on the Internet in quite a while!!!
  • 8
    Aloysius Wald Ohio June 17, 2015 at 19:36
    My dear friend Michael wanted a BMW very much, but his wife Judy wouldn't hear of it. Judy wanted a 'good American car', a Buick. Later, I heard from Michael, who reported that they had gotten a BMW. I was somewhat surprised that he and the kids were able to circumvent Judy. "What model BMW did you get?" I asked. "We got the Buick Mom Wanted," was Michael's unhesitant reply.
  • 9
    Charles K Sacramento June 17, 2015 at 20:03
    MG...More Grief
  • 10
    Jim M Seattle, WA June 17, 2015 at 20:08
    Great list. I'd like to share one learned from Mike Wheeler: Lotus: Lots of trouble usually serious. :)
  • 11
    Michael Houston, TX June 17, 2015 at 23:52
    In my youth the standard reference to Fiat was "Fix It Again Tony".
  • 12
    tiger paulk stockton, ca. June 18, 2015 at 02:38
    On GTO I used to hear, "Gutless Tired Oldsmobile" and "Get Tennies Out". On ford I used to hear, "Found On Road Dead".
  • 13
    Darryl Orlando June 18, 2015 at 18:11
    You missed the best one for Fiat: Fix it again Tony. And don't forget First On Race Day for Ford, or Found On Road Dead.
  • 14
    Ron Blk Mtn, NC June 18, 2015 at 19:36
    Fiat! How could you forget to Fix It Again Tony!
  • 15
    Mark C. MI., U.S.A. June 18, 2015 at 09:04
    FIAT, Fix It Again Tony ! I'm Italian, so I can say that - For the P.C. crowd
  • 16
    Jay California June 18, 2015 at 09:56
    Nerd? A political correct slam
  • 17
    T-Korn Port Huron, MI June 18, 2015 at 10:01
    GM=Garbage Makers FORD=For only Retart Drivers MOPAR=More Old Parts And Rust Cars suck if you have to depend on them. For me, it's Mopar or No Car! Every type of vehicle is a P.O.S. or Future P.O.S. Keep em movin' or watch em decay If you have an old vehicle, drive that bitch!
  • 18
    Bill R Ventura, CA June 18, 2015 at 10:04
    FIAT: Fix it again, Tony.
  • 19
    P Johnson Rochester Hills Mi June 18, 2015 at 10:43
    why oh why would anyone buy a car from a company named (killed in action) KIA
  • 20
    Ken Holly, MI June 18, 2015 at 11:43
    These are great! I laughed out loud at several (very creative!). The only classic one left out: Found On Road Dead
  • 21
    dh Michigan June 18, 2015 at 12:07
    Be sure to include (maybe this was a regional thing) -- Found On Road Dead
  • 22
    ken boston June 18, 2015 at 00:50
    FIAT- Fix It Again Tony. BMW- Bring My Wallet
  • 23
    Michael Houston June 19, 2015 at 01:41
    Fiat was often referred to as "Fix It Again Tony".
  • 24
    Steve Dawson San Diego, CA June 19, 2015 at 02:13
    Fiat: Fix it again Tony Ford backwards: Driver returns on foot Jeep Spanish/Mexican pronunciation: Heap
  • 25
    Ralph Fowler ellicott city MD. June 19, 2015 at 08:48
    AMC= ain't my car, Pinto= Put in new transmisson often, LTD= Load of tin from detroit or Lincoln Trimmed Down
  • 26
    Rick Spero Northern California June 21, 2015 at 13:00
    You left these out... Fiat - Fix It Again, Tony Lotus - Lots Of Trouble, Usually Serious
  • 27
    Cegrover Lake Forest, CA June 23, 2015 at 13:30
    "Fix It Again Tony" is a missing!
  • 28
    Cilla NC June 28, 2015 at 13:00
    GMC Generic Model Chevy
  • 29
    Man Pittsburgh July 1, 2015 at 17:20
    Mopar: Made Of Putty And Rust
  • 30
    John Lawton, OK July 14, 2015 at 12:03
    A few additional acronyms that were left out: Found On Road Dead, For Outstanding Reliability and Dependability, another one that comes to my mind: Greedy Misers (or Greedy Monsters)

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