Could these Chevrolet, Dodge, Cadillac cars come back?

The Ford Bronco, Chevrolet Trailblazer, Toyota Supra, and Land Rover Defender.

Those vehicles are among the many long-gone models that automakers have recently revived, breathing new life into nameplates that died decades ago.

With the enormous buzz surrounding the release of the Bronco and, now, the newly revealed and revived Jeep Wagoneer SUV, automakers are expected to continue looking into their past to determine their future.

One big reason: It costs a lot to market a new built-from-scratch model that no one’s heard of. In fact, sometimes it can even be hard for automakers to identify an original name.

“When it comes to real words, English words, it’s tough to find some that haven’t already been reserved or purchased, so to speak, and licensed by a car company,” said Karl Brauer, an analyst with car-buying site iSeeCars. “So if you still own one of those nameplates, that alone gives you some incentive as an automaker to revive it.”

This picture taken on January 16, 2021 shows a 1964 Chevrolet El Camino Chevrolet (R) seen through the window of a 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille during a gathering of auto enthusiasts in Tokyo.

What else could come back? How about the Cadillac Eldorado? The Chevrolet El Camino? The Dodge Dakota?

Because it’s much easier to attract car buyers to a vehicle that already has name recognition, the temptation to bring the dead back to life is palpable.

What’s tougher to figure out is which dormant nameplate to revive, and when to do it.