From the late 1930s to early 1950s, you could not swing a tire iron without hitting a car that used Special or Deluxe in the model name. By the mid 1950s the marketing teams were spinning out lofty names inspired by graceful animals, elegant locations or mythical creatures. The Impala was a mainstay for Chevrolet for more than a couple decades. That name went on hiatus from the mid-1980s and returning in the mid-1990s, but remaining with Chevrolet.
1958 Chevrolet Impala
(Technically, Impala was a top trim level of the Bel Air series for the first year)
For this post, I pulled together a few model names that jumped over corporate lines and found new homes, with mixed results.
AMC Pacer, 1975. The Pacer went on sale on February 28, marketed as "the first wide small car", and sold 145,000 units in its first year on sale. However sales quickly slowed and the model was discontinued in 1980. The middle pic shows the design team with Richard A. Teague next to driver’s door. Incidentally the doors on the Pacer were asymmetric with the driver’s side one being shorter than the the passengers