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Subject: Re: Animals
From: Max Heim <>
Date: Tue, 03 Jun 2003 08:48:57 -0700
The term "spider" actually predates the automobile, as being the name of a
type of small horse-drawn carriage. Its use by FIAT, etc., does not refer to
the arachnid but to this usage, as a term describing a small open car.

This begs the question of how the carriage got the name, but I suppose that
is irrelevant to this inquiry.

Max Heim
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If you're near Mountain View, CA,
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on 6/3/03 12:56 AM, Glenn Schnittke at wrote:

> This subject just came up an hour or so ago in the XJ list;
>> I know this thread is, gosh, hours old, but does anyone have a clue as to
>> how long car companies have been naming their products after animals?
>> The earliest high production American model that comes to my mind is the
>> Ford Falcon (but did the Chevy Impala predate it?), but I'm sure there's
>> more than a few examples way earlier here in the States. The earliest
>> Britcar I can think of is the Kestrel. And the rules of the game must
>> include production numbers (one-offs will come under their own heading) as
>> well as spelling- is a "spider" a "Spyder" or a "Spider"..? And does a
>> spider qualify as an animal?
>> Just how did a spider come up as something good to name a car after?
> Those are the rules of the game. The earliest homologated car, somewhere in
> the world, named for an animal without being a deliberate misspelling
> (allowances for language differences).
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