Animal names and cars go together like peanut butter and jelly. Even though all these cars aren’t named after “animals,” you get the gist. Check out 17 of our favorite models that took inspiration from the animal kingdom.
This sports car was built by Chevrolet performance tuner Bill Thomas. The Cheetah was built to rival Shelby's Cobra.
Here's a little known fact about the Bluebird. Every generation of the model has been used as a taxi in some form.
The Bronco is best known in pop culture as O.J. Simpson's getaway vehicle. The event sure gave the Bronco exposure though, seeing as 95 million viewers tuned in to see the chase.
It's surprising the Beetle is considered a "girl car." We don't know too many girls who are fans of the insect.
The Chevy Bison was big and burley, just like the animal. The Bison was in production from 1977 to 1980.
The very first Blackhawk was purchased by "The King" Elvis Presley. Other notable owners include Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, and Johnny Cash.
The Plymouth Barracuda might not seem as frightening as the fish — that is, until you bring it to the race track!
The Shelby Cobra is one of the most sought after cars out there. The snake on the other hand — not so much.
The AMC Marlin looks oddly similar to an actual marlin, minus the spear-like bill. We're going to assume a spear on the front of the car wouldn't fly with regulators.
Before American muscle was the Ford Mustang, it was an actual mustang. What better way to continue on celebrating our history?
Cougar has taken on a completely different meaning these days. Still, the Mercury model will always be our cougar.
Such a cute car for a cute animal. Volkswagen only could have made it better by calling it the "Bunny Rabbit."
Volkswagen apparently gets most of their names from the animal kingdom. They were probably hoping for the Fox to be quick, but it was not even close.
Plymouth Road Runner
The Road Runner could never be caught by Wile E. Coyote. The same goes for the Plymouth model, too.
Datsun Honey Bee
If you were wanting to get a cheap car with great gas milage back in the day, the Honey Bee was for you. The Honey Bee ran around $2,600 and got 41 miles per gallon!
Sting rays are very elegant creatures, but can attack at a moments notice. Chevy took that idea and made one hell of a sports car with it.
The snake can strike with deadly force in the blink of an eye. The same goes for the Dodge Viper on the track.