After doing enough digging for a track-immobile topic to write about cars, I ran into everything from driver safety tips to a list of vehicles called animals. And this is the last idea that made me write about some of the most famous (and relatively obscure) cars and trucks named after a country, city, or better yet, the planet.
On top of that, I'll give a little biography of when they were introduced to the masses, whether suspended or "slightly modified" to something else. You know, like how cobalt turned into Cruz. There's a much clearer sound to it, I guess.
So here are some cars named after some of our most popular destinations … except outer space, unless you've witnessed this and then, well, you're in luck.
1. Tahoe Chevrolet: Prior to its name change in 1995 from its original name as the Chevy Blazer, this full SUV shares the same nickname as a lively lake / ski resort in California. And with the right car accessories, you can make the Tahoe car as soft as the city.
2. Maserati Indy: This one is an old man, but pretty. As a tribute to the great Memorial Day race, this Maserati model has a short life span from 1969 to 1975.
3. Malibu Chevrolet: One of the most notable cars in Chevrolet's range, this mainstay in the hearts of many in the US and other regions outside, is related to the warm, fuzzy feelings of the beach town it is named after. By the late 1970s, this model was known as the Chevelle … it was not a state, but the name was catchy enough.
4. Ferrari California: Back in the mid-to-late 50's, the Ferrari 250 GT was nicknamed California, and it wasn't until 2008 that this super-high-performance vehicle was permanently assigned to this sunny, coastal, and airless state.
5. Hyundai Santa Fe & Tucson: I decided to shuffle the two and point out that Hyundai clearly loved the Big Southwest so much that it went ahead and appointed so many of these countries.
6. Chevrolet Bel Air: Do you notice a trend with Chevrolet yet? Well, because cities in California have received a lot of attention with current and past models. The Bel Air had a great body design that leaned more towards the "boat" cars than the current, more aerodynamic models. And there was a great cycle of about 25 years of production until 1975. I'm sure if you look hard enough at the auctions or the ads, you will find some collectors who still appreciate their design.
7. Mercury Milan: I've always loved the sound of this one, mostly because I want to visit Italy (it's kind of like a bucket list). Anyway, this car shared a similar design with the Crown Victoria … but a little denser in aerodynamics and power. Although it only had a shelf life of just over 6 years, it was still remarkable.
8. Chevrolet Vega: There is little diversity now. Resting in states and cities, Chevrolet has a subcompact car named after the constellations. One of the brightest stars in the constellation Lear, to be precise. This model can be found on the lanes between 1971-1977.
And while there are a few more I could throw in here, it's better to leave it a little more condensed to some of my favorites. So, now that you've seen this list, what are some other funny, unique car gauges?