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Only 1 Popular Sports Car Is Named After a Naval Warship

Car names take inspiration from various sources, such as animals, mythical creatures, and geographical locations. For instance, Ford named the Bronco after a bucking horse, evoking images of untamed power. Other vehicle monikers nod to cities or regions like the American West — such as Hyundai’s Tucson and Santa Fe — referencing a rich heritage and nostalgia. But only one iconic sports car was named after a naval warship: the Chevrolet Corvette.

The history of the Chevy Corvette

Chevy Corvette named for naval warship
2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray | Chevrolet

The Chevrolet Corvette’s history dates to the early ’50s. It first appeared at the GM Motorama in New York as a concept car in 1953. That year, the lightweight, two-seat sports car designed by General Motors’ Harley Earl entered production with a limited run of only 300 units, History reports.

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