The Twenty Most Informatively Named Cars Of All Time

The best car names are the ones that tell you exactly what you need to know about the vehicle.

20.) Land Rover


After World War II, the Rover company wanted to make a truck for roving lands like the Willy's Jeep. Thus, the Land Rover was born. Toyota adapted the concept to something better suited for cruising lands. They called it the Land Cruiser

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19.) Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

Who built it? Karmann. Who designed it? Ghia.

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18.) Mazda GLC


Mazda's North American operation was so fond of the great, little 2nd-generation 323 hatchback, they decided to call it the GLC. That stands for Great Little Car.

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17.) Toyota MR2


Where might one find the engine in an MR-2? The Middle. What wheels are driven? The Rear wheels. How many people does it seat? 2.

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16.) Ford Tudor


Ford produced a two-door version of the venerable Model A. It was called the Tudor. The four door version was unsurprisingly called the Fordor.

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15.) BMW 2002


BMWs naming scheme for there Neue Klasse coupes was very straightforward: the 2002 had a 2000cc engine and two doors. The 1602 had a 1600cc engine and two doors.

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14.) Morgan 3 Wheeler


No confusion about how many wheels this Morgan has!

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13.) Amphicar


The Amphicar is an amphibious car.

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12.) Maserati Quattroporte


For the non-Italian speaking readers out there, "quattro" means four, and "porte" means door. You can probably figure out how many doors the Quattroporte has by this point.

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11.) Mazda Rotary Pickup


Mazda unleashed the first, and only, rotary-powered pickup truck on the world in 1974. It was called – drumroll please – the Rotary Pickup.

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10.) Dodge Omni GLH


"Wow Carroll Shelby! This Omni really Goes Like Hell! What should we call it?"

That's (probably) the story of how the Shelby-tuned Omni GLH was named.

Shelby later decided to make a faster version of the GLH called the GLHS, which stood for "Goes Like Hell S'more." Get it? Because the GLHS was faster than the GLH.


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9.) Smart Fortwo/Forfour


The name scheme of these Smart's is rather smart! The Fortwo seats two, and the Forfour seats, you guessed it, four!

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8.) Maserati Biturbo


How many turbos? Two turbos!

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7.) Ferrari 500 Superfast


This car's 170 + mph top speed was almost mythical for a road car back in 1964, when it was new. You could even say it was super fast, which is exactly what Ferrari did.

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6.) Citroën Traction Avant


Où est la traction? La traction est à l'avant!

(Translation: Where is the traction? The Traction is at the front!)

(Note: The Citroën Traction Avant was one of the very first front-wheel drive production cars.)


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5.) Volkswagen Schwimmwagen


Ah, the Schwimmwagen: the wagen that schwimms!

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4.) LaFerrari


Valet At Hip Expensive Restaurant: Which one is yours?

Cool Rich Dude: LaFerrari.

Valet: It sure is.

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3.) Dodge Lil' Red Express Truck


Back in 1978 Dodge decided the world needed a little red express truck, so they built one. They called it the Lil' Red Express Truck.

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2.) Mini


Get it? It's like a miniaturized car!

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1.) Toyota Truck


It's a truck made by Toyota. They even said it on the owner's manual.

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