What springs to mind when the word Marauder is mentioned - Pirates? Vikings? Outlaws? The dictionary states 'to roam or go around in quest of plunder; make a raid for booty'. I don't know if the Mercury Marauder lived up to the name, or whether owners would even want to - it doesn't really matter. It just sounds purposeful. And if you're going to drive a car with a name that sounds like it wants to tear up the road - best to make it a '64 model. Take a look at that vicious front styling - ready and willing to live up to it's name - Marauder.
Who else but Cadillac would have the audacity to name a car after the mythical city of gold? The name was used for a while in the 1950s for a range of limited production, hand built beauties, but by 1967 the moniker was applied permanently to a new, sensational front wheel drive 'personal car'. With lines so sharp you could slice your hand on them while washing a fender, the Eldorado looked best in...what else but gold.
It's a pretty neat name for a muscle car, especially one as wide and low slung as the 1970 Dodge Challenger. And if equipped with a 440 six pack, or 426 Hemi - this is one challenger that would've taken the title.
Ford had the Cobra & Mustang, Chevy the Stingray and Impala; 'why not a fish?' the Plymouth boys asked? Not just any fish, but one with a mouthful of vicious, razor sharp teeth, one known to be a terrifying predator that punched above its' weight. And it sounded good - Barracuda. And if you want to name a car after a vicious sea creature - you might want to have a few giant killing engine options. Plymouth's high performance 340 was widely regarded as the best of the big three's hot small blocks, and just to make sure all bases were covered - Plymouth offered the biggest engine ever in a 1960s pony car - the 440 Wedge. There was no room under the bonnet for power steering or air conditioning - but drag racers didn't mind one bit...
Javelin - the spear used by ancient Greeks in the gymnasium and first Olympic Games. A weapon that required skill and athleticism. One could argue that the same skills had to be applied to pilot a stickshift AMC Javelin, especially when equipped with a 390 big block. A muscular looking car, it won high praise in the motoring press at the time, and forced the big three to accept AMC as a player in the muscle car stakes. Just like the javelin throwers in the ancient games - AMC proved they were willing to compete - with the Javelin.