These 15 Cars Share Names With Birds

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Manufacturers often draw inspiration from various sources, including animals, when naming cars. Birds, with their diverse and captivating characteristics, have inspired several vehicles’ names. In this piece, we’ll share 15 cars that have bird names, showcasing the creativity and connection between automotive design and the natural world!

Ford Falcon

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This quintessential American muscle car was a force. With various powerful V8 engine options, it lived up to its namesake, the fast and agile falcon bird. It was a comfortable ride for a muscle car and came in coupe, sedan, and station wagon body styles.

Buick Skylark

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Soaring through the automotive landscape for over five decades, the Buick Skylark was known for its smooth ride and luxurious experience. Like the beautiful songbird it was named after, the Skylark brought a delightful experience. Early models were full-sized convertibles, while later versions transformed into sporty coupes and sedans.

Aston Martin Cygnet

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This little city car was a unique collaboration between the prestigious Aston Martin and the reliable Toyota. While it may not have been a powerhouse like other Aston Martins, the Cygnet, named after a young swan, was a luxurious and practical option for navigating tight city streets.

Plymouth Road Runner

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This legendary muscle car is as iconic as the cartoon character it was named after. The Roadrunner is a fast-running bird known for its ability to outrun predators. Having a strong V8 engine and a lightweight design, the Road Runner was a true performer, instantly recognizable by its distinctive “beep-beep” horn.

Stutz Black Hawk

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The Stutz Black Hawk was a statement car, oozing luxury and power. Like the strong and majestic Black Hawk, this car was designed to impress. Having a handcrafted steel body and a powerful engine, the Black Hawk delivered a thrilling experience. Owning a Black Hawk was probably more about exclusivity than transportation.

Pontiac Firebird

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A fiery legend of the muscle car era, the Pontiac Firebird wasn’t just named after a mythical creature; it embodied its spirit. The Firebird was a sporty and stylish alternative to the Chevrolet Camaro. It has various engine options and a sleek design and appeals to drivers who crave excitement and a touch of rebellion.

Studebaker Hawk

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Studebaker was available in models named after different hawk species, such as the Flight Hawk, Golden Hawk, and Power Hawk. The stylish car brought an impressive engine and comfort, making it a popular choice for families who wanted a touch of performance.

Eagle Talon

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This sporty coupe was a joint effort between Eagle, an American brand by Chrysler, and Mitsubishi. The “talon” possibly hinted at the car’s aggressive styling and performance capabilities. The ride had a turbocharged engine for exhilarating acceleration and sharp handling, making it a favorite among driving enthusiasts.

Volvo Raven

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This limited-edition station wagon was named after the large, intelligent bird. The Volvo Raven was a safe and reliable car with a spacious interior, making it a go-to for families who valued practicality.

AMC Eagle

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This unique car carved its niche in the automotive world by being the first mass-produced four-wheel-drive passenger car. Like the Eagle—keen eyesight, strong wings, and all—the AMC Eagle was designed to conquer any terrain. It offered excellent off-road capabilities while maintaining a comfortable ride for on-road driving. 

Chrysler Eagle

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The Chrysler Eagle succeeded the AMC Eagle, retaining the name despite being a luxury sedan rather than an off-road vehicle. The Eagle’s majestic and dominant presence shows in the car’s comfortable and stylish interior.

Toyota Hawk

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Toyota Hawk – the compact pickup truck – was named after the sharp-eyed and aggressive hawk and was a force to be reckoned with off-road. It had good fuel economy and a reliable engine, making it suitable for those needing a truck for work or outdoor adventures. While not known for its opulent interior, the Hawk prioritized functionality and durability.

Chevrolet Robin

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Named after the small, cheerful songbird, the Robin contrasted the muscle cars for which Chevrolet was known. This little car presented a fuel-efficient alternative for everyday driving, perfect for a growing post-war America where families were on the move. While not a powerhouse, the Robin provided enough pep to navigate city streets and suburban commutes.

Mosler Raptor

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The Mosler Raptor was a high-performance, limited-production sports car built for speed and agility. Like the raptor, a bird of prey, it was a force on the track. This lightweight car with a powerful engine offered an exhilarating cruise for those who could afford its exclusivity.

Falcon F7/G

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Built by the Australian Ford subsidiary, the Falcon F7/G was a high-performance version of the standard Falcon. The “G” stood for “Gran Turismo,” referencing its sporty and opulent nature. Much like the Falcon, a fast and agile bird of prey, the F7/G offered impressive acceleration and handling.

Written by Johann H