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Cars Named For Dogs, Part One: Cold Start

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Considering how much so many of us love dogs, it’s a bit surprising more of our cars aren’t named for them. I’ve got a little three-legged part-chihuahua, part um, gremlin right next to me, and a half-husky, half-Australian shepherd at my feet as I type this, in fact. Dogs are a big deal in the lives of so many of us, so you’d think cars like a Ford Dalmatian or a Honda Bloodhound or a Kia Spaniel would be all over the place, but they’re just not. Still, there are a small set of those that are, so every now and then, if I remember, I’ll talk about one in a Cold Start. Sound good? Let’s start with the pleasingly alliterative Bedford Beagle!

Bedford was a subsidiary of Vauxhall, which was in turn GM’s British subsidiary. The marque was focused on building commercial vehicles, which is something that makes the Beagle a bit unusual for Bedford, which you’d normally see in livery like the red getup of the Royal Mail.

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These were pretty stylish mail trucks:

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The Beagle was a modified version of Bedford’s HA van, which was the vanified version of the Vauxhall Viva car. Man, this thing is all about recursions! Subsidiaries of subsidiaries, conversions of conversion! The Beagle’s third level of conversion (Viva to Bedford HA, then HA to Beagle, you see) was done by Dormobile, who often made little campers. This time, their instructions were to convert the HA van into a usable and cheap little family station wagon.

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While I’ve never had the chance to drive a Beagle, what I’ve been told/eavesdropped is that these were still very much vans, just with windows and a back seat, and still drove like a delivery van. That means noisy, harsh suspension, pretty austere. They were certainly cheap to use and maintain, and I think they seem pretty charming, but it seems that station wagon-buying – sorry, estate-buying Brits wanted something a bit more refined, so not that many Beagles were sold.

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Since you made it this far, here’s a lovely, calm portrait of my two girl dogs, Abby and Juno, projecting their auras of peaceful harmony. I hope this soothing influence helps to make your day one of soothing ease.

 

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Zac H
Zac H
23 days ago

Not a dog, but we did name my mom’s 1987 Dodge Caravan “The Moose”. It was big and brown inside and out! Sadly no fake wood grain on it.

Martin Ibert
Martin Ibert
23 days ago

The dog picture looks creepy AF if you ask me.

BentleyBoy
BentleyBoy
23 days ago

Named my dog Shark, took him to the beach, didn’t work out………

Chartreuse Bison
Chartreuse Bison
24 days ago

>Kia Spaniel
A korean car named after a dog brings up troubling thoughts

Slow Joe Crow
Slow Joe Crow
24 days ago

There’s the Subaru Rex, and a 50s microwave called the Frisky

Slow Joe Crow
Slow Joe Crow
24 days ago
Reply to  Slow Joe Crow

I forgot to mention several motorcycles, like the Rickman Metisse (fancy word for mutt) and the Brockhouse Corgi

BloggyMcBlogBlog
BloggyMcBlogBlog
24 days ago

I like my dogs to have the same number of legs as doors on the cars I drive, five.

Autonerdery
Autonerdery
24 days ago

Of course, Honda had a Beagle, too….

Canopysaurus
Canopysaurus
24 days ago

I once had a dog named for a car, does that count?

D-dub
D-dub
24 days ago
Reply to  Canopysaurus

XR4Ti?

JKcycletramp
JKcycletramp
24 days ago
Reply to  D-dub

I tried to name our German shepherd 904. My wife suggested the much saner choice, Butzi.

Sarah Blikre
Sarah Blikre
24 days ago
Reply to  Canopysaurus

“Come here, Mercedes Maybach GLS600 4Matic, here boy!”

Mr. Frick
Mr. Frick
24 days ago

My favorite is the Datsun

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