Orphan (car)

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The term orphan car accurately applies to any marque of motor vehicle built by a manufacturer that has discontinued business entirely. The term is sometimes inaccurately applied to a discontinued marque from a still-existing vehicle manufacturer (e.g. Oldsmobile) or a sub-marque (e.g. Thunderbird). In the case of a revived marque where a newer company resuscitates a discontinued brand (e.g. Maybach), only the original vehicles are accurately considered orphans.

Discontinued marques from existing manufacturers[edit]

Chrysler Group[edit]

Ford Motor Company[edit]

General Motors Corporation[edit]

Volkswagen Group[edit]


Steam / Electric[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Strohl, Dan (June 18, 2010). "Ford, Edison and the Cheap EV That Almost Was". Wired. Retrieved October 20, 2013.