7 Modern Vehicles with Old but Proud Names
Shakespeare once asked, “What’s in a name?” The answer is, “plenty,” especially when it comes to automobiles. A long-lasting moniker suggests pride, heritage, and timeless appeal. As proof, we offer the following seven vehicle lines, all of which have proudly carried the same name for decades. Ford Mustang
50 years on this year and still going strong, the Mustang is a timeless tribute to everything that makes America the coolest nation on Earth. Ford pulled out all the stops with the 2015 models, and the company’s devotion to this iconic vehicle shows in its kick-ass looks and adrenalin-pumping performance.
Just slightly older than the Mustang is the 911, first released in 1963. Over the decades it has changed radically in its mechanical layout, but the sheer brilliance of its German design is still as evident today as it was so long ago and you can tell a 911 is a 911– no matter the year.
If you don’t know the name “Colin Chapman,” then I suggest taking some time to read up on him. A highly gifted motorcar designer from the UK, he’s best known as the founder of Lotus way back in 1952. The Seven is a perfect example of his approach to car making, which was encapsulated in his phrase, "Simplify, and add lightness."
Lotus built the Seven until 1972, when Caterham took up the cause. Available both fully assembled and in kit form, the Seven remains one of the world’s premier minimalist performance cars.
When it first came out in 1952, the future of this prime example of American ingenuity seemed doubtful. More than 50 years later, however, it stands at the pinnacle of sports car perfection, not just in the US but around the world.
Toyota Land Cruiser
Japan’s answer to the Jeep has everything an off-road aficionado could want: rugged build, reliable performance, and a reputation for going anywhere on earth. Toyota tests these vehicles in the unforgiving Australian Outback, and any vehicle that could endure those hellish conditions is okay by us.
Talk about heritage; Chevrolet has been building vehicles with the Suburban nameplate since 1935. One sign of its ruggedness is that the US Secret Service uses the Suburban as its ride of choice, including an armor-plated model that ferries the Chief Executive about.
This legendary vehicle has also served police units, EMS workers, fire departments, and rescue units for decades. It’s proof that devotion to quality can overcame a not-so-cool name – good news for all you Dilberts and Poindexters out there.
Folks have been calling the Indian sub-continent home for more than 30,000 years. This probably explains why the nation tends to hold onto good things from the past. That includes this tough-as-nails little ride, which has been built since 1958 with few alterations to the original layout.
Recent environmental regulations nearly killed the Ambassador. But the company bounced back with a new clean diesel engine, giving this handy little car a new lease on life in one of the world’s oldest countries.