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Why They Call Them 'Pony Cars'

By alwaysakid

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Check out this photo of a 1966 Mustang parked between two 1966 Chevy Impalas at a car show in Farmington, MN this past weekend. The cars were parked so the front bumpers were even with one another. But besides the difference in length, you can also see a dramatic different in height. It's almost like someone snuck a 1:50 scale car in a 1:43 scale display or diorama.
It really shows how the term "pony cars" came to describe these new style of vehicles. Of course, the Mustang name also hints as to where the term originated, but the "pony cars" label was quickly placed on all smaller, sporty vehicles by the public during that era.
In this view, however, I'm inclined to think the Chevys look more like Clydesdales than Impalas next to that pony car.
By the way, I tried to include this photo in the attached photo album, but for some reason the Motortopia program wouldn't allow it there. Maybe it thought there was something wrong with the photo because it had two different "scales" of cars in it.

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1971’s Profile Photo
Oct 6, 2013 at 6:10 pm
Trixster22’s Profile Photo
Aug 30, 2013 at 1:45 pm
That is a really cool pic! It gives you a really good perspective of the drastic size difference between the pony cars and the full size cars.
Crazyfast79TA’s Profile Photo
Aug 30, 2013 at 1:26 pm
I always thought that was where the term "pony car" came from. It makes me wonder why any performance car mid-size or smaller got that name.
TerryO’s Profile Photo
Aug 30, 2013 at 9:41 am
Looked it up and here's the definition of pony car that I got from Wikipedia at

Pony car is an American class of automobile launched and inspired by the Ford Mustang in 1964.[1][2] The term describes an affordable, compact, highly styled car with a sporty or performance-oriented image
SittinLow’s Profile Photo
Aug 30, 2013 at 1:40 am
you can understand the weight savings there. Have the car with the same motor and wala you have instant preformance. Followed up with unbeatable styling with in a few years and you can see why the mustangs were so popular.

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