One in eight male motorists have a pet name for their cars – with Scarlett O’Cara, Ford Fiasco and Matt CAR-dle among the more bizarre monikers.
Researchers who carried out a detailed study found other unusual names include ‘the Purple People-Eater’, ‘Sexy Bob the 4th’ and ‘The Beast’.
It also emerged around one in five bestowed an endearing alias upon a vehicle they owned in the past.
Other standout names included ‘Falcor’, ‘The Phantom Flyer’ and ‘Super-Charged Fire Pony’.
Of those who have given a name to their car, two in five chose a female name and 30 per cent thought their car suited a more masculine moniker.
Seventeen per cent chose a nonsense word or phrase which couldn’t be considered male or female.
James Buttrick from Vantage Leasing, which commissioned the study, said: “There has always been an unspoken bond between boys and their toys, and a man’s car is often considered a reflection of their own personality.
“It’s unsurprising to see the strength of this fondness for our vehicles coming through in the results – though we’re not sure we’d like to take a ride in something called ‘The Purple People-Eater’.”
TOP UNUSUAL NAMES GIVEN TO CARS BY THEIR DRIVERS
Bob the Bobster
Sexy Bob the 4th
Super-Charged Fire Pony
The Bongo Dog Doodah Van
The Compost Heap
The Red Vole