In the XY trim level

You’ve seen the term “girlmobiles” bandied about here, as a shorthand for vehicles bought primarily by women. (Some people say “chick cars,” but I try to avoid the term “chick,” since the babes don’t much like it.) Admittedly, I have not given a whole lot of attention to the other side of the continuum.

So: boymobiles. Edmunds.com Inside Line describes ten of them thusly: “phallic, fast and pricey.” In tenth place, presumably the least such conveyance, is Chevrolet’s Corvette, which sells 86 of every 100 to men, or at least to males.

The Ferrari 458 Italia wins whatever award there is for being the most “manly” machine, corralling a 95.3-percent male market. (The other 4.7 percent, I assume, is Paris Hilton.)





7 comments

  1. jsallison »

    3 April 2012 · 7:50 pm

    Bought an ’85 Camaro Berlinetta from the factory. Supposed to be a chickmobile. Feh. V-8 performance without Z-28 insurance premium. Loved the ‘starship’ cockpit, too.

  2. fillyjonk »

    3 April 2012 · 7:51 pm

    So, perhaps they should replace the “458” on the Italia with the word “Gen,” instead.

    And I realize I’m a data point of one here, but I don’t mind being called a “chick,” provided it’s done ironically. (Heck, I have been known to refer to myself jokingly as a “chick.” Though I think I’m probably closer to stewing-hen age these days.)

  3. CGHill »

    3 April 2012 · 8:00 pm

    The V6-powered Mustang has been considered a “secretary special” for many years, despite the fact that the Duratec 37 in its nose now delivers 305 ponies. (Well, it is a “pony car.”) I mention purely in passing that you can get the same mill bolted into the Ford Edge.

  4. fillyjonk »

    3 April 2012 · 8:38 pm

    You know, if I had bought Ladybug a year later than I did? She’d have a different name and a big green apple decal on each of her “flanks.” (And she wouldn’t be a “she”)

  5. CGHill »

    3 April 2012 · 8:44 pm

    I won’t have the budget for new wheels until 2015 at the earliest, but I admit to having had thoughts along similar lines, the most recent having been, oh, four hours ago.

  6. Tam »

    4 April 2012 · 12:26 pm

    Pontiac in the ’80s and ’90s took vanilla GM cars and sold them to the study hall sketchbook crowd by slathering them in plastic dust ruffles and non-functional vents and scoops. These apparently cause “excitement”.

  7. CGHill »

    4 April 2012 · 2:30 pm

    Or some other word beginning with “exc” and ending in “ment.”

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