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    MSN .com has come out with a new car top 17 list of the worst car names in history and the Studebaker Dictator made it at number 12. Tey also explain why these cars are on the list and what their names may refer to or mean in other countrys. Entertainment value at your own discretion.
    Tom
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    Dictator, I can see that, but you have to look at the time the name was used. When Studebaker was building Dictators (which was before 1939 with the introduction of the Champion) the Dictator name was used because it was supposed to "Dictate" the low priced field. The name was dropped in 1939 because of WWII; Studebaker didn't want the general public to associate the name with Adolf so the next years model was called the Champion.
    Chris Dresbach

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    • #3
      http://editorial.autos.msn.com/worst-car-names-ever
      Probably written by a 20 something. Nova made the list?
      Their quote: "The English word "nova" suggests an exploding star — and car manufacturers really shouldn't sell cars based on that suggestion."
      Exploding star would be great in Hollywood!
      Last edited by David; 01-12-2013, 07:00 AM.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by David View Post
        http://editorial.autos.msn.com/worst-car-names-ever
        Probably written by a 20 something. Nova made the list?
        "The English word "nova" suggests an exploding star — and car manufacturers really shouldn't sell cars based on that suggestion."
        Exploding star would be great in Hollywood!
        Also in Spanish, "No va" means "No go"
        Pat Dilling
        Olivehurst, CA
        Custom '53 Starlight aka STU COOL


        LS1 Engine Swap Journal: http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/jour...ournalid=33611

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        • #5
          & what about the name Jaguar used before their name-change...?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Nox View Post
            & what about the name Jaguar used before their name-change...?
            Exactly! Before the name Jaguar they were known as SS (Swallow Sidecar) during the 1930's. Also tells you where they got their start.

            Terry

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            • #7
              How about Utopian Turtletop. This was a proposed name for which car?

              Terry

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              • #8
                Originally posted by dictator27 View Post
                How about Utopian Turtletop. This was a proposed name for which car?

                Terry
                The Edsel by Ford Motor Company.
                Gary L.
                Wappinger, NY

                SDC member since 1968
                Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Pat Dilling View Post
                  Also in Spanish, "No va" means "No go"
                  For that matter: 'Matador' had bad connotations for some Spanish speakers as well. Oh well since 40 years ago few people spoke that language here.

                  'La Crosse' is a crude slang expression for the Quebecois so that model Buick was the 'Allure'.
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                  Sold my 1962; Studeless at the moment

                  Borrowed Bams50's sigline here:

                  "Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"

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                  • #10
                    Even worse the SS cars wore logos that were unfortunate


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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by parts View Post
                      Even worse the SS cars wore logos that were unfortunate


                      Wow. It was to the point after WWII that the 'Thule' twin lightning bolts was illegal for use in Germany yet the rock group KISS (with two of its members being Jewish) did use those Thules as part of their logo. Note that even they were banned from use of it in Germany when touring and/or on their album art.
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                      Sold my 1962; Studeless at the moment

                      Borrowed Bams50's sigline here:

                      "Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"

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                      • #12
                        I had a Rambler/AMC Matador once & our tug was called that when we bought it & it means "the one who kills"... as in giving the final killing stroke, not being a total murderer, but still...

                        & if you spell Nova "Nuova" instead it means new in Italian, if I'm not mistaken, like the Fiat 500 Nuova... googe that sweet little car!

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