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Old 07-19-2011, 01:45 AM   #1
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Where did the name Pony car come from?

I was telling a friend of mine about the Nationwide COTs and how they were pony cars back in June. The I saw on Jayski that Ford proposed to NASCAR the Mustang in 2013 for Cup. I instantly thought back to June, and the word pony car. Just how did we get the name Pony for cars like the Mustang, Challenger, and Camaro?
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The name Pony Car comes from within the automotive industry. It refers to the Camaro, and Mustang. The Chrysler Corporation really didn't have a Pony Car. The Pony Cars were used in Trans Am and IROC style type of racing. They are the intermediate cars in the 2 door version of each manufacturer. Chrysler created the Challenger to enter this field, that's why you see Camaro and Mustang in '67, and no Challengers until '70 Quote from Wikipedia: "The first generation was a pony car built from 1970 to 1974" The Pony cars also used the "smaller horses" in a Ford Mustang instead of the 428 c.i.d. big block, they used a 302 c.i.d. small block in their Pony Car. Camaro used a 302 c.i.d. in their performance Pony Cars. Chrysler also had big block Challengers, but ended up using a 340 c.i.d. engine in their Challenger, as the rules for competition had changed for engine production and applications to the series.
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The term itself "was coined by Dennis Shattuck, who was editor of Car Life magazine" at the time.[9] The term "originates from the equestrian sounding Ford Mustang".[2]
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