The Deuce and a Quarter: Slang for the Car Enthusiasts
Cars have earned their place in the hearts of their drivers. In the United States, it seems that as soon as something becomes special to us, we give it pet names. Those pet names then turn into slang terms, which evolve as they spread around the country. Cars have had their fair share of memorable slang terms.
The Deuce and a Quarter: If you had a Buick Electra 225, you had a deuce and a quarter. The huge Buick Electra, especially from the 1960s and 70s, has become a favorite with those who love to “pimp out” their rides. Instead of calling the car by its real name, Buick Electra, it sounds so much cooler to name it for the length of the car at eighteen feet and seven inches in length.
The Land Yacht: This could describe the Buick Electra, or any other extra long car from the 1970s. Many of these cars had shocks that made it feel like you were actually floating on air rather than driving on asphalt. Most Cadillacs from the 1970s or even the Chevy Catalina would be considered Land Yachts.
Detroit Iron: This slang term harkens back to the muscles cars that came from Detroit in the 1970s. Detroit was on fire, literally and figuratively. The city was home to the factories that produced these memorable cars that were loaded with power, but the city was also home to notorious race riots, too.
Hooptie/Hoopty: This term will make you smile, unless you happen to be driving one. To be a hooptie, a car must have a combination of several features and at least one of the last on the list:
Mismatched tires with missing hubcaps
Exhaust dragging on the ground
Windows that don’t go down (creates problems at drive-up windows)
A tape deck that doesn’t work
Upholstery hanging down from the ceiling
Expensive window tinting or a really loud bass speaker
FoMoCo: Ford Motor Company and all of the brands that are registered with the company, like Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, etc.