Cars Named for Mythological Gods and Goddesses
Where do cars get their names? This question stumps many car buyers. Many car buyers do not understand the reasoning for the collection of seemingly random letters and numbers. While many car buyers are able to connect many of the names to timely events, like the space race, the cars that received those names rarely looked like their namesakes. For example, the Chevy Corvette was named for a warship, but the car is sporty and compact, nothing like a warship. Many cars were named after mythological gods and goddesses, but it seems as if some car manufacturers did not consider the stories of those gods when they chose the names.
Take the Buick Electra for example. The Buick Electra was named for Electra, who was the daughter of Agamemnon (a hero of the Trojan War) and Clytemnestra. When Agamemnon returned from the war, his wife killed him. As revenge for her father, Electra and her brother Orestes plot how to get revenge on their mother. Eventually, Orestes kills their mother and some say Electra was involved in the actual murder, too. Were the designers aware of this cruel story of a misguided daughter when they named the Buick Electra, a full-size, luxurious sedan that eventually became the high-end Park Avenue? Buick made another strange choice when they chose Apollo for their 1970s model. Yes, the car was designed after the Nova, which was another space age name, but the god Apollo was nothing like the car that bore his name. Apollo was the multitasking Greek god who was known for being a healer, a musician, an oracle, and so much more. He was the god of the sun, good with a bow and arrow, and the master of the lyre. There is very little in the Buick Apollo that has anything in common with the radiant god. In some cases, car makers do get their names right, especially in the case of the Volkswagen Eos. This goddess, also from Greek mythology, is the goddess of the dawn. She was tasked with opening heaven’s gates so the sun could rise each day. Since the VW Eos is only available as a hardtop convertible, the name is quite fitting because drivers choose this car because they love to open the top to the sun.