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Sure, you want your car to purr like a kitten, but car manufacturers have looked far and wide in the animal kingdom for the right beast to represent their vehicles. Take a look at the iconic animals these companies chose.
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Flying cars are still a thing of the future (we hope!), but for now, we'll settle for a Pontiac Firebird. By the late 1970s, this car was all the rage, and although production on the model stopped in 2002, they're still easy to spot, not only for their iconic design but also, on some, by the giant bird emblem painted on the hood. Gives new meaning to flying down the highway!
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The Dodge Ram logo has had multiple makeovers since its inception in the late 1920s by sculptor Avard T. Fairbanks. Unlike the striking sheep logo we know today, previous iterations featured the animal as a prominent hood ornament.
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Another horned animal, a strong bull, plays a front and center role for this luxury car company. Founder Ferrucio Lamborghini was born under the sign of Taurus (Latin for "bull"), which explains why he found this animal to be a fitting symbol for the speed and muscle of the Lamborghini vehicles.
Known as the SRT Viper as of 2013, the Dodge Viper was first assembled in the early 1990s. These modern muscle cars are as sleek as their animal counterpart and fulfill a need for speed.
© Ford Motor Company
The Ford Mustang has become a huge part of Americana, with more than a million manufactured since the 1960s. Featured in more than 500 films, the car, along with its equine emblem, is a part of history for its speed and design.
The king of the jungle has a seat in the automotive world with Peugeot vehicles. Original Peugeot vehicles date back to France in the late 1800s. However, the company founder, Emile Peugeot, applied for the lion trademark decades before he made his first car, showing this brand's dedication to its ruling animal.
Jaguar has long been known for sleek, sexy and sophisticated luxury vehicles. The company has seen success in the development of speed vehicles as well, which makes Jaguar's big cat mascot, which has stood proudly as a hood ornament on many of the company's creations, an apt portrayal of the brand.
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