The term pony car can be heard in car tuning, or tuned cars, very often. It is usually associated with cars from the United States of America. But what does he actually mean? Is every car that has been tuned in America automatically a pony car? As everyone knows today, even if he does not speak English, that is car the English word for Car. The word pony also comes from English, but we also use it as a loan word in German. According to the German definition, a pony is a horse with a height of less than 148 cm. Stick measure is a technical term for the shoulder height of a horse. So a pony is a small horse. But why do we, in auto tuning, refer to refurbished cars as little horses?
1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Pony Car
One would think that they would rather remind of racehorses or thoroughbreds, if you have to compare with ridiculous 1 PS. Of course Racing Horse Car or Thoroughbred Car would be much longer and harder to remember than the handy Pony Car, but we still do not want to think of our beloved tuned car as small and cute. The answer lies in American usage and cowboy tradition. For the cowboys, the word pony is less a size or breed name, but a nickname for their horse. Therefore, it became common among them, the favorite horse, which was of course also the best and fastest horse, to call a pony.
1970 AAR Plymouth Cuda Exterior Pony Car
Thus, it is not surprising that even the beloved, fleet car in America lovingly became a pony. In addition, the term pony car usually refers not only on a car with tuning. As pony car one can designate a whole kind of American vehicles. Back goes the term Pony Car but primarily on the 1964er Ford Mustang. The name derives from the fact that a Mustang is a term for a horse. A Mustang is the original name of the American wild horses. It was exactly these wild horses that were once captured by the cowboys, ridden and lovingly called pony.
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