Many car company names are named for real people.
Buick: David Dunbar Buick (1854-1929), a Scotsman, merged
the failing Buick Manufacturing Company with another to form the Buick
Motor Car Company in 1903.
Chevrolet: Louis Chevrolet (1878-1941) was a race car driver
and designer who co-founded the company.
Chrysler: Walter Chrysler (1875-1940) formed the Chrysler
Corporation in 1925.
Dodge: John (1864-1920) and Horace (1868-1920) Dodge founded
the their own car company in 1914.
Ferrari: Enzo Ferrari (1898-1988) racing car driver and designer
founded the company in 1929.
Ford: Henry Ford (1863-1947) founded the Ford Motor Company in 1903.
Mercedes-Benz: Karl Benz (1844-1929) is believed by many to
be the inventor of the automobile. Mercedes Jellinek was a daughter
of a German diplomat and investor.
Oldsmobile: Ransom Eli Olds (1864-1950) founded the Olds Motor
Vehicle company in 1897.
Porsche: Ferdinand Porsche (1875-1951), automobile designer
and manufacturer, started his own company in 1930.
Rolls-Royce: A combination of Sir Henry Royce (1863-1933)
and Charles Rolls (1877-1910 ). Royce founded the company in 1903
and Rolls promoted the car.