Cave of magical creatures
It’s a good thing this zoo doesn’t really exist, because this would be a strangely empty area. But why name a car after an actual animal, a mortal being with faults and shortcomings (and in some cases, a very short lifespan), when you can name it after a thing that never existed!
And if you get the chance to name a car after a mythical creature, maybe go with something lovable, graceful, or awe-inspiring. Maybe don’t go with Gremlin, which American Motors Corporation released 14 years before the movie of the almost-same name. AMC knew the car–and its name–would get mixed reviews, but they went for it anyway, for eight years of production.
One thing the Gremlin had going for it, from an accuracy standpoint, is that at least it kinda looked like its name: small, stumpy, earthbound. Two loftier creatures that don’t quite live up to their soaring names? The Ford Thunderbird and the Pontiac Firebird. A Native American legend’s name being used for the ultimate muscle car/musical theater boys’ club? It’s cringeworthy, at best. The Firebird was named after an elusive bird of Russian folklore. Considering that it was introduced in 1967, in the depths of the Cold War, this provenance seems both sloppy and surprising.
Finally, yes, there is an Elf in our pretend creatures department. It’s not quite a car, not quite a bike, but it sure is cute.