This one’s started in comments and I think it deserves a life of it’s own.
The comments section related to a post where I explained a little of Saab’s jet heritage to another blogger who had asked questions about it. In comments, people started doing “Born froms” for other manufacturers.
So, why not post them as a list on the front page here for a bit of fun?
So….post your company, and then a brief explanation as to why.
Saab – Born from Jets. Saab started as an aircraft company and diversified into cars.
Lamborghini – Born from tractors. Lambo boss built tractors and started on cars when he was unhappy with his Ferrari and got snobbed by Enzo when he complained.
Other ones that have been mentioned in comments (could do with a short explanation for those that don’t know, including me).
BMW – Born from Bubble Cars
VW – Born from Not Very Nice Times (no expl reqd)
Honda – Born from Motorbikes
Volvo – Born from ZZzzzzz… (ok, maybe that one doesn’t need an explanation either)
Ovlov – born from balls (huh?)
Opel – Born from Sewing Machines
Peugeot – “Born from pepper mills”
Suzuki – Born from Weaving Looms
Mitsubishi – born from Zeroes
Zil – born from Soviet hegemony
Add your contributions or explanations to comments and I’ll update the front page as things progress.