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Where Do the Car Names Come From?

Where Do the Car Names Come From?

Bel Air. Corvette. Nova. Delray. Car manufacturers have worked hard to create memorable names and for the most part, they have succeeded. But, where do those names originate? In many cases, the names are often taken from foreign languages, places, and science.

1955 Chevy Bel AirOne of the most iconic cars of all time is actually named after a speedy warship. The Chevy Corvette shares the same name with a small, lightly armed warship. Most corvettes were and are still used by foreign navies, but there were some that were used by the United States Navy during World War II. It only seems appropriate that the fastest production car is named after another speedy object.

1968 Chevrolet Nova

While our last post focused on the first Chevrolet Nova to hit the markets, today’s focus turns to a later version of the model. The had much in store for the model. After receiving a significant redesign from the 2nd generation’s looks, the third generation (which ran from 1968-1974) of the Nova included some of the most exciting model years for this particular car. For t and onward, the name was finally its own, and the Chevy II name was dropped (Chevy II is often used interchangeably with Nova).