Whether we're talking muscle cars, pony cars, or sports utility vehicles, the word “car” ostensibly translates as a wheeled vehicle used to transport humans and goods.
i bet this is what you really want to know about – so let's get down to it! a car may also be called a motor car, self-propelled vehicle or automobile by those who like their language more scientific and technical (though the term is rather old-fashioned today). the first auto was invented in 1885 and has evolved ever since then with everything from horse power for propulsion to gasoline engines that allow us to go faster than we would otherwise walk.
the idea behind horse powers goes back centuries ago when europeans realised horses could be out
is a pony car a muscle car?
no. while many pony cars are “muscle cars,” not all pony cars can be defined as muscle cars. muscle car, of course, is an entry level class of performance vehicles made of the american muscle-car era (late 1960s and early 1970s) that were designed with higher horsepower or larger engines than most other vehicles to allow them to compete with the higher speeds and expectations of their times.
pony cars, on the other hand, are usually sports sedans like mustangs (save for the scion fr-s/subaru brz). the term “pony car” applied because these vehicles were smaller, sportier alternatives to full size models like that of ford's then popular galaxie 500 ltd
why is it called pony car?
the correct answer to the question “why is it called pony car?” depends on what you mean by pony car.
this article presumes that when you ask “why is it called a pony car?”, you're referring to the chevrolet camaro- in which case, this answer will explain its name in connection with gm's long history of branding cars with animal nicknames.
as luck would have it, our story begins in 1957. that was when general motors added three new automobiles to its offerings – all intended for mid-price points and producing reasonable profits for shareholders inside the corporation. known collectively as “the triad”, these three new models were named le sabre, oldsmobile quadrajet 88, and pontiac
is corvette a pony car?
no. corvette is a sports car.
pony cars are generally american mid-size or compact vehicles that often resemble pony riding buggies to varying degrees of vagueness, whereas corvette is closer to the size of what normal people consider (outside north america) to be a “sports car”. the distinction between sports car, well… every car really… and pony cars has to do with how many people they can accommodate at once–sports cars typically can seat two or three adults comfortably, whereas ponies are built for one rider only.
was the nova a pony car?
it was a pony car manufactured from 1968-1974.
the nova was a two-door coupe, with either an optional front bench seat or bucket seats offered as an option. the biscayne and belvedere were sedans marketed under the chevy brand name.” ~~thirdman2010myadpony