QOTD: Which Cars Are Least Likely to Be Found in Their Namesake Land?
Sometimes, a car’s name accurately captures its spirit. Diablo. Testarossa. Golf. Okay, maybe not the last one. There are plenty of examples; even Silverado makes my list of machines whose identity matches the name carved into its trunk lid (or tailgate).
There are definitely some, though, that absolutely do not. This leads us to today’s question: what car (or truck) do you think is least likely to be found in the part of the world that bears its name?
First to mind? Corsica. A mundane sedan peddled by The General for nearly a decade from 1987 to 1996, it was the perfect four-door solution to insomnia, particularly equipped with the four-cylinder engine and a slushbox. On paper, V6 versions were sold with GM’s venerable 3.1-liter under the hood, an engine whose exhaust note ripped through the air with a distinctive roar. (I can attest to this – Ed.)
I’ve seen few in the wild, even when new. I can’t imagine seeing any at all in, y’know, actual Corsica.
The Dodge Monaco is another example, as I severely doubt any of the large-and-in-charge rear-drive versions could have even fit on the streets of Monaco, let alone navigate them. The rare-as-hen’s-teeth twin to the Eagle Premier, produced for four model years, is the exception, given it was loosely related to various Renault offerings as a result of the strange AMC/Renault/Chrysler love triangle of the era.
What others can you think of, B&B? We’ve started you with two — Corsica and Monaco — and now it’s your turn to rhyme off a few machines that will never turn a wheel in the part of the world for which they are named.
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