Do You Have a Classic Car or Supercar Named After You?
Have you come across a classic car or supercar that shares a name with you? Perhaps someone you know or even a famous person? Supercars tend to have that kind of name, but what are these names? The GMC Jimmy might not be your first pick, but the Ferrari Enzo probably comes to mind.
A classic car name, the GMC Jimmy
The Chevrolet S-10 Blazer, also known as the GMC S-15 Jimmy, was produced from 1983 through 2005, according to Wikipedia. This mid-size SUV was made in both a two-door variant and a four-door variant. In the U.S., production for the Blazer stopped around 2001, but it continued elsewhere. For the Canadian market, production lasted through the 2005 model year. In Brazil, production for the Jimmy began in 1997 and continues at the time of this writing. It was in production from 2000 to 2004 in China. Indonesia produced the Jimmy from 1996 through 2005.
The original supercar, the Ferrari Enzo
Enzo Anselmo Giuseppe Maria Ferrari was an Italian racing driver, entrepreneur, and founder of the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team. In case you didn’t know, he also started Ferrari. Ferrari named the 12-cylinder mid-engine Ferrari after Enzo himself. Ferrari created 400 vehicles between 2002 and 2004. Back in 2003, the Ferrari Enzo cost about $650,000. However, today these Ferrari’s are going for between $2.5 to $3 million.
An off-roading classic car legend, the Jeep Wrangler Willys
You can actually purchase the Jeep Wrangler Willys edition new right now directly from Jeep itself. The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Willys Sport and Willys edition has a Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $36,135. The Jeep Willys-Overland CJ-3A started a revolution back in 1949 that lives on to this day. The 2021 version has 32-inch mud-terrain tires on top of 17-inch gloss black wheels. It also comes with performance shock absorbers and rock rails to protect the body.
A tiny but mighty supercar example, the Lotus Elise
Elise, are you out there? The Lotus Elise was a tiny, two-seat, mid-ending, rear-wheel-drive roadster that ran from 1996 and is still produced in 2021. According to the Wikipedia page, the Elise was named after Elisa Artioli, the granddaughter of Romano Artioli. Artioli was the chairman of the Lotus and Bugatti brands. This is the last year for the Elisa, Lotus Exige, and Evora cars, which will all be replaced by new vehicles.
For a Formula 1 legend, the McLaren Senna
The McLaren Senna is named after famed Brazilian Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna. Ayrton Senna was a part of the McLaren Formula 1 team from 1988 through 1993 and won an incredible amount of Grand Prix races in his time. He scored 610 career points in his time, had 80 podiums, and won three world championships, Wikipedia says. Senna eventually moved to the Williams F1 team but died during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
After his death, Formula 1 implemented major safety upgrades on this track and in the sport in general. McLaren still owns the rights to the Senna family name along with Instituto Ayrton Senna. The team and family created this organization to help young Brazilians achieve success in business, government, school, and university.