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The best I tried so far:

Ford Explorer

Explore

Explor - not real

Explo - not real

Expl - not real

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  • $\begingroup$ It's totally tangential, but I thought I'd check: "composers" seems to admit the longest sequence. It depends on "compo" and "compos" both being words, which are pretty obscure. $\endgroup$ – Scott Lawrence Oct 8 at 2:25
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    $\begingroup$ Is this your own puzzle, or did you get it from somewhere else? $\endgroup$ – Herb Wolfe Oct 8 at 15:30
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    $\begingroup$ Do you have some way to identify a correct or best answer? $\endgroup$ – Ben Barden Oct 8 at 21:22
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    $\begingroup$ I think this is an open-ended question. There is no 'correct' solution and minimization questions like these tend to have a lot of answers. Please do not post these, and have one with a verifiably correct answer. Therefore I am marking this as too broad. If anyone disagrees, I'd like to see their take on it. $\endgroup$ – Duck Oct 9 at 4:06
  • $\begingroup$ Agree with @Duck, per the meta consensus. To OP: unless you can add additional specifications to help narrow down possible solutions, this question will likely be closed, unfortunately $\endgroup$ – HTM Oct 9 at 5:00
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How about

Nissan Maxima

Because

Maxim
Maxi (long skirt)
Max
Ma

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How about

Ford Ranger

Because

Range
Rang
Ran
Ra

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    $\begingroup$ You can also go to r, the definition is the 18th letter of the alphabet. $\endgroup$ – Duck Oct 7 at 19:54
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    $\begingroup$ @Duck - True, and that could be applied to basically every answer. $\endgroup$ – BruceWayne Oct 8 at 15:38
  • $\begingroup$ @Duck R is a letter, not a word. The puzzle is looking for "a real word". $\endgroup$ – JeffC Oct 8 at 21:14
  • $\begingroup$ @JeffC dictionary.com/browse/r?s=t $\endgroup$ – Duck Oct 8 at 22:29
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How about

Ford Pinto

Because:

Pinto
Pint
Pin
Pi
P

If you count proper nouns (names):

Ferrari Mondial

Because:

Mondial
Mondia - Swiss bicycle company
Mondi - Paper & Packaging company
Mond - a Nickel or Chemical company, or a river
Mon - several places, or an old Japanese currency

Or, depending on an atomic abbreviation or an obscure Asian name:

Fiat Punto

Because:

Punto
Punt - to kick something
Pun - joke involving a play on words
Pu - see above
P - 16th letter of the alphabet

I think these are dredging the bottom of the bucket, but thought I'd list them just the same.

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Model T Model Mode Mod Mo M

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    $\begingroup$ This works with any car that starts that way, and there are a few. $\endgroup$ – Matt Oct 8 at 16:12
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Misread the question but:

Antes: Multiple bets, also a Slavic tribe
Ante: A bet
Ant: An insect
An: One
A: Ford Model A

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