+  Test Your Automotive Knowledge.

Alice Huyler Ramsey was the first woman to drive an automobile across the U. S. from coast to coast in 1909. What kind of car did She make the trip in?
Alice drove a Maxwell Model DA touring car. She left NYC  on June 9th. and reached San Francisco on August 7th.
What name, introduced in 1950 by Ford, referred  to station wagons with woodgrain exterior trim?
Country Squire.  The name lasted through 1991. Squire versions of the Ranchero and pinto were also built.
What was the name of Pontiac’s rebadged version of Chevy Vega?
The Astre. which debuted in the United States for the 1975 model year.  It and the Vega were cancelled after the 1977 model year.
A 2001 Corvette paced this year’s Indy 500.  What was the last year that something other than a Chevrolet did so, and what kind of vehicle was it? 
In 2001, an Oldsmobile Bravada was the pace “car” for the Indy 500, even though it was an SUV.
In 1966, Ford debuted a new performance package for the Galaxie .What was it called?
It was known as the 7-litre.  It came with a 427 and a mandatory four-speed, or the newer 428 witch could pair with an automatic.  Only 38 out of 11,000 were built with the 427.


What famous truck company originated out of Fallesen & Berry carriage builders in Brooklyn, NY?
Mack Truck, started by Jack and Gus Mack, who bought the carriage company in 1893. Their first motor vehicle was a 20-passenger bus built in 1900 that toured Prospect Park.
What GM Motorama show car is featured on the Harley J. Earl Trophy, which is presented to the winner of the Daytona 500?
The Firebird XP-21, now known simply as,
Firebird I.  It was developed in 1953, as the first gas turbine-powered car tested om the U.S.  It’s basically a jet on wheels.


One man is credited with founding both Cadillac and Lincoln.  Who is He?
Henry Leland.  In 1902 He was brought in to the failing Henry Ford Company and convinced them to reorganize as Cadillac.  He started the Lincoln Motor Co. in 1917 to build Liberty aircraft engines, retooled  it as an automaker in 1920.
What animal did Plymouth executives want to name their new sporty compact before designer John Samsen prevailed with “Barracuda”?
Panda. (Only slightly better than Sloth, in My opinion). 


In the early 1960’s GM was developing a new model that was originally called the LaSalle II.  When it was shifted away from Cadillac, what did it become?
Early mock-ups of a personal luxury coupe first badged as the LaSalle II eventually became the 1963 Buick Riviera.


Chrysler F-Bodies like the Volare and Aspen gave way to what new platform in 1981?
The famous “K-cars” debuted in 1981, sporting new names like Plymouth Reliant and Dodge Aries.
Who is the French Bicycle racer who went on to manufacture porcelain spark plugs?  His name endures within the brands of two popular plugs today.
Albert Champion, Ignition Company and AC Spark Plug Company.  Today, his name is behind those of ACDelco and Champion Spark plugs.
Ford’s Fox-body typically is associated with 1980’s Mustangs, but the platform underpinned what other cars coming from, the  Ford corporate family?
The midsize, unit-body Fox platform was also under the Ford Fairmont, Granada, Thunderbird; Mercury Zephyr, Capri, Monarch, Cougar; and Lincoln Mk VI and VII.


The 1973 Gremlin offered an optional Levi’s interior package that featured spun nylon upholstery made to look like denim.  Why didn’t they use real denim?
Real denim is spun from cotton, and fire safety regulations prohibited its use in interiors.
The popularity of Mercury’s Cougar led them to choose what name for their version of the Ford Pinto (which was inspired by the Mustang nameplate)?
Bobcat. Mercury built over 224,000 Bobcats from 1975 to 1980.  It was replaced by another feline, the Mercury Lynx.
Which independent auto manufacturer is generally credited as the first to offer four-wheel brakes?
Duesenberg.  Their innovation began on race cars as early as 1915, and in 1921 they were the first production car to offer four-wheel hydraulic brakes.
Along with the  Thunderbird, what other models were available from Ford in 1980?
Mustang, LTD, Granada, Fairmont, Futura, Pinto, and Fiesta.
 What car company was the first to offer a production station wagon, meaning the wagon body was delivered to the factory and fitted to the chassis there?
Star, in 1923.  Other car companies would ship their chassis to a custom builder that added their wooden wagon body.
 Along with the Corvair and Nomad, what was the third experimental Chevrolet that was shown at the 1954 GM Motorama, building off of the first generation Corvette that debuted the year before?  
A Corvette convertible coupe, featuring a removable hardtop.  It was an after-market accessory in 1955 and an option in 1956.

This is the first Nomad, a sporty two-door wagon that predates the production nomad that debuted in 1955.  In both cases, the originals were destroyed, and any that you might see at auction or on the show circuit are recreations.
  The General Motors 1954 Motorama allowed Chevrolet to demonstrate its commitment to the new Corvette with a few concept designs seen here. At top left was the Corvair, a fastback styled coupe that also hinted to the split-window coupe still to come nearly 10 years later.  Vertical A and B pillars meant this car also had roll up windows.
When the 1954 Motorama opened in the grand ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria in New York City that January, three new Corvette concepts were unveiled by GM’s Styling Section.  All three were recognizable as a Corvette based on their front ends, but each was unique.  The Corvair was an experimental two-door fastback.  The Nomad combined the styling of a sports car with the utility of a station wagon.  The convertible coupe featured a removable hardtop.  This model most closely resembled the production Corvette, and its hardtop feature became an aftermarket accessory in 1955 and a factory option in 1956   Chevrolet went on to produce two-door Nomad wagons from 1955 through 1957, but based them on the Bel Air.  The name was also used  on various four-door wagon models from 1958 through 1961 and again from 1968 through 1972.
The Corvair name was resurrected fro a rear-engined compact car from Chevrolet that debuted in 1960.  Corvairs were produced through 1969.
Can you name the lower-priced companion makes to the following autos:

1920s willys 1925 Hudson
1947 Kaiser-Frazer
1920 Nash
1920 Studebaker

Willys — Whippet. 
Hudson –Essex. 
Kaiser-Fraser — Henry J., 
Nash — Lafayette. 
Studebaker — Erskine.

1926 Whippet
1924 Essex

1951 Henry J
1937 Lafayette
1927 Erskine


What famous comic book character drove a 1951 Rambler Custom Landau on television?
Lois Lane, intrepid reporter for the Daily Planet in Metropolis, as seen in the old Superman TV series.
What car company partnered with Philco to introduce the first transistorized car radio in mid-1955?
World’s first ALL-TRANSISTOR car radio.
What automobile company’s founding in 1909 was financed by the owner of Detroit’s most successful department store?
Hudson Motor Car Company, named for Joseph L. Hudson.


What famous stylist designed the American Austin bodies, which were built by the Hayes Body Company of Detroit. 
Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky.  He’s part of last month’s answer too.  Look him up.


Which Nash automobiles are recognized classics by the CCCA?
The 1930 Series 490, the 1931 series 890, the 1932 Series 990 and 1090, the 1933 series 1190, the 1934 Series 1290, and the 1940 Special Cabriolet by Sakhnoffsky.


Who designed the conventional chassis for American before leaving for Marion Motor Car Co. and eventually his own self-named venture by 1913?

Harry C. Stutz.
What was the first American car to offer a factory-installed sunroof?
The 1938 Cadillac Sixty Special.
Just 1,500 such equipped cars were sold. 
Of course, Dodge wasn’t the only MoPar who’d offer a Super Coupe varienat in 1978.  What Plymouth model was even rarer?
The Volare Super Coupe was Plymouth’s offering, with just 494 built.
What was the first succesful vehicle produced by Mack?
A 40hp, 20 passenger bus, produced for a sightseeing concession in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, It operated from 1900 through 1908 before being converted into a truck.
What was the name of the Plymouth version of the Dodge Ramcharger sport utility offered between 1974 – 1981?
Plymouth’s only sport utility was called the Trail Duster.


When was the last time a Ford served as 
an Indy 500 pace car?
In 1994, when a Mustang cobra driven by Parnelli Jones did the honors.  Chevrolet has paced the Indy 500 every year since 2002, and will do so again in 2019


Racing without open factory support, who dove a 1959 Olds to a photo finish victory in the first Daytona 500 held at Daytona Int’l Speedway?
Lee Petty, who was declared the winner three days after the race ended, turning the original results that had Johnny Beauchamp finishing first in a T-Bird.
When the Plymouth brand was removed from the Dodge dealer network for 1960, what low-priced, downsized Dodge was introduced to fill the void?
The Dodge Dart.  The name won out over another that research had suggested – the Zipp.
What was the brand name of the “affordable” auto that Marmon built for 1929 and 1930 to deal with the Depression?

The Roosevelt, named after President Teddy Roosevelt.  It was the first straight-eight om America  priced less than $1,000.  The car became the Marmon 70 in 1931.

When did Chevrolet’s engine debut in a production car?
The first regular-production 427’s debuted in 1966 models.  It was developed for drag racing and sold under the Z11 option on special factory lightweights in 1963


Ford built 4,858,644 Model A’s for the 1928-1931 model years.  Which Model A  (year and body style) was made more than any other?
1929 two door sedans, known as Tudors, hold the record for greatest number produced of any Model A, which 523,922 rolling of the assembly lines.
What was the first automobile to use the term  “sedan”  to describe it’s closed, four passenger car in 1911?
A  Speedwell, built in Dayton Ohio By the  Speedwell Motor Car Co.  Before then, many closed cars were referred to as saloons or limousines.
What two car companies merged in January 1954 to form American Motors Corporation (also known as AMC)?
Nash acquired Hudson in that friendly merger.  Nash and Hudson both ended production in 1957, leaving Rambler and Metropolitans as the only AMC offerings.
What car was the first mass-produced U.S. automobile to offer a V-6?
The 1962 Buick Special.
The Cadillac Cimarron, like the Chevy Cavalier, was a variant of GM”s”J-cars”.   What were the versions offered by Oldsmobile, Pontiac and Buick?
Oldsmobile sold the Firenza, Pontiac the J2000 and Buick the Skylark.
What name of a Cadillac dream car from the 1954 Motorama eventually ended up on  a production model Chevrolet beginning in 1959?
1954 Cadillac El Camino.   What began as a fiberglass-bodied, two-seater with a brushed aluminum roof became Chevy{s car-based pickup.  The Caddy was reportedly crushed.
What car company was the first to offer push button transmission controls in the U.S.?

Chrysler Corp., the last American car maker to offer a fully automatic transmission in  1953, introduced push-button controls in 1956.

What was the pace car for the 1926 Indy 500,  and who drove it?
A 1926 Chrysler Imperial ’80” with Louis Chevrolet behind the wheel.
When Ford dealer Bob Tasca combined a stock 428 Police Interceptor short block with Ford’s 427 V-8 heads in 1067, he inspired Ford to manufacture what hot engine for the 1968 Mustang?
 A-125  The Cobra Jet
 Q 124
Although the racing arm of this storied brand was founded in 1929, it did not produce it’s first branded auto until 1947. Name the brand.
 A 124
Ferrari. Scuderia Ferrari was fielding Grand Prix cars for then-dominant Alfa Romeo before making their own cars after WWII.  
1947 Ferrari
 Q 123
In 1927,  John Willys dropped the  model name, which orited1902.  what new nameplate was introduced to replace it?
A 123 
The.  In 1931, the ailing Whippet line was dropped.
 Q 122
In 1964, the B09 “4-4-2” package was available on all F-85 or Cutlass body styles except one.  Which one?
 A 122
The  Station Wagon
Q 121
What were the first mass-produced American cars with
rack and pinion steering?
 A 121
The 1974 Ford Pinto and Mustang II
BMWcreated the first rack and pinion gearboxes in the 1930s.
 Q 120
1946 Chevrolets began rolling off assembly lines in small quantity on  October 3, 1945.  What car company beat Chevy and the rest of GM by three months?

  A 120
Ford, who began rolling out 1946 models in July of 1945. Full production of ’46 models didn’t kick in until a UAW  strike called in November was settled in March.
Q 119

What Buick debuted in 1962 as a subseries to the Invicta before becoming it’s own series in 1963?

 A 119
The Wildcat (below, 1962 wildcat)1962-buick-wildcat
which lasted until 1970.
  Q 118

When the Fisher Body Corporation purchased the Fleetwood Body Company in 1925, Fleetwood became exclusive to Cadillac.  What year  did the Fleetwood script first appear on the exterior of a Cadillac?cad47j

 A 118
In 1947, on the rear deck lid of the Sixty Special 
 Q 117
After leaving GM following a dispute with William DurantWilliam Durant over World  War I  production, Cadillac founder Henry LalandHenry_Leland created what automobile company?  
 A 117
The Lincoln Motor Company,1917_Lincoln founded in 1917.  Purchased by Ford in 1922, will celebrate it’s centennial next year.
Q 116
What 1920’s – era automobile featured an emblem of a top hat inside a ring, which was the car builder’s WWI  94th. Fighter Squadron’s emblem? RICKENBACKER eddie
A 116
Rickenbacker built by America’s leader fighter ace Eddie Rickenbacker.images
Q 115
When Continental Motors came out with their own line of autos in 1933, what were the names of their three models?
A 115

The Beacon
A 115
Left Coast Classics Photo
The Ace
A 115
The Flyer
Q 114
Who was the first American to ride in a gasoline powered automobile? 1888_daimler
A 114
Piano Maker William Steinway,William_Steinway_-_cabinet_card_photo who met Gottlieb Daimler on a visit to Europe in 1888, rode in a motor car, and secured the American rights to the engine. In 1905 Mercedes built cars in Long Island through the successors of the Steinway’s company
Q 113
General Motors built several “companion” cars.
One survived its parent, and only one other lasted more than two years.
Can you name them all?
A 113
1. 1930 LaSalle ( Cadillac),
2. 1930 Viking (Oldsmobile),
3. 1929 Pontiac (built by Oakland),
4. 1930 Marquette (Buick)
1930_LaSalle 1930_Viking 1929_Pontiac 1929_Marquette
1 2 3 4
Q 112
Where did the Cord get it’s “810” model
1935-37_Cord_810-812_04 A 112
The name is derived from the go-ahead date for production (August 10, 1935)
Q 111
In 1931, what car reportedly was capable of out-accelerating a Duesenberg Model J, yet cost only a third as much to buy?
1931 Marmon 161931_MARMON_161931 Duesenberg Model J1931_Duesenberg A 111
The Marmon 16. s Cadillac’s V-16 beat Marmon to market by 2 years, stealing it’s thunder. Marmon was done by 1933.
Q 110
Who’s automobile line in 1950 consisted of the Custom Commodore, Super and Pacemaker Series?
1950_hudson_custome_comodore 1950_hudson_pacemaker 1950_hudson_coupe Q 110
Q 109
Overland cars were first manufactured in which city and state?
Q 109
The original home of Overland was Terre Haute, Indiana.
Q 108
In what year did the “double-R” Rolls Royce
badge change from red to black?
RR Q 108
Q 107
What line of autos featured the first use of power seats?
A 107
The 1947 Packards
Q 106
Oldsmobile offered three wagon models in 1964, including the new Vista Cruiser seen below. What were the other two?
Dynamic 88 Fiesta
A 106
and the Dynamic 88 Fiesta
Q 105
What two marquees were founded by the inventor of the mechanical hair clippers?
A 105
Henry Leland founded Cadillac in 1902, and Lincoln in 1920
Q 104
hat was the inspiration for MG’s famed octagon-shaped badge?
MGB_logo Q 104
The shape of founder Cecil Kimber’s dining table. MG stands for Morris Garages.
Q 103
What auto entrepreneur’s empire included Lycoming engines,
American Airlines, Stinson Aircraft and New York Shipbuilding?
A 103
E. L Cord.
Q 102
Who invented the
Csonka_Janos Donat_Bankai A 102
Chonka Janos and Donat Banki.
Patented on Feb. 13, 1893
Q 101
Chrysler debuted it’s Plymouth motor car in 1928.

What famous woman was behind the wheel at the unveiling?
A 101
Amelia Earhart.
Q 100
In 1903, Childe Harold Wills created a script logo for what auto using a stencil kit his father brought here from Europe?
FORD_1ford_2 ford_nose A 100
Ford. From 1909 to 1912, the script appeared inside a winged triangle in ads. In 1912, it appeared in an oval and used on signs. The simple Ford blue oval first appeared on the 1928 Model A.
Q 99
In 1925, Nash introduced and entry level marque that sold poorly despite it’s quality. The following year, it was rechristened the Nash Light Six, and sales improved. What was the name of this one-year marque?
A 99
The Ajax
Q 98
Following the designation Z06, Corvette adopted ZR-1 for their racing efforts. What does ZR stand for?
Zora_Arkus_Duntov1957_Corvette A 98
ZR stands for “Zora’s Racers”, named after Zora Arkus-Duntov, the Belgian-born engineer know as the “father of the Corvette”. He
introduced the V-8 to the Corvette in 1955.
Q 97
How did the Rev. C. H. North of Oklahoma City make Automotive history in 1935
A 97
He was the world’s first person to be arrested for a parking meter offense.
Q 96
What is the Spirit of Ecstasy?
Rolls_Royce_Silver_Cloud_I_1957_Spirit_of_Ecstasy_Side A 96
The official name of the mascot of Rolls Royce, she is the lady on top of their radiators.
Q 95
What popular marque debuted in 1912, and sold it’s one millionth car in 1923?
A 95
Chevrolet, founded by ousted GM founder William Durant and racer Louis Chevrolet.
Q 94
Where, and when was the first, drag race held, and what won?






A 94
In 1905 at Ormond Beach, Fl., A Stanley Steamer, outran 2 Mercedeses and a Napier.
Q 93
What American automotive pioneer also invented the mechanical hair clipper?
A 93
Henry Leland, who reorganized the Ford Company as Cadillac after Ford left in 1902.
Q 92
What car was reportedly designed on the back of a Northwest Airlines airsickness bag and released on April Fool’s Day, 1970?
1970_amc_gremlin Q 92
1970 Gremlin, (AMC)
Q 91
What did Ford call it’s limited edition, Denver-area Mustangs in 1966 -1968
A 91
Ford built 333 “High Country Specials” in 1966, 400 in 1967, and 250 in 1968.
Q 90
Who is considered to be the father of both the Landau Roof, and the Tail fin?
ThunderBird Vintage Car Grill Photos A 90
Harley Earl.
Q 89
What car was first fitted with an automatic reversing lamp?
Q 89
The Willis Sainte Claire of 1921
Q 88
hat U.S. production car had the largest 4 cylinder engine?
1907-Thomas-Flyer-Model A 88
The 1907 Thomas sported a 571 cu. in. (9.2liter) engine.
Q 87
Which car was the first to Feature both a high-output generator and a voltage regulator?
A 87
The 1934 Cadillac.
Q 86
hich car company started out German, yet becam French after WWI?
1900%20Bugatti Q 86
Bugati, founded in Molsheim in 1909, became French when Alsace returned to French rule.
Q 85
What is the lunar speed record for a car
Q 85
The Lunar Rover hit 10.5 mph. during the Apollo 16 mission, and covered a total of 60 miles.
Q 84
In 1937, Graham offered three series, the 120, the 116, and the 95. What model names went with each series?
120_custom_supercharger 116_supercharger 95_cavalier A 84
The 120 was a Custom Supercharger, the 116 was a Supercharger, and the 95 was a Cavalier.
Q 83
Name the three makes of cars that offer a 16 cylinder motor
A 83
Cadillac from 1930 – 40, Marmon from 1931 – 33, and the 1930 Bugatti Type 47.
Q 82
In what model year did Cadillac introduce the first
electric sunroof?
1969_Cadillac_with_sun_roof A 82
Q 81
What car’s flying stork mascot was based on a French ace’s WWI squadron
A 81
The Hispano-Suiza
Q 80
In January 1930, Cadillac debuted it’s V16 in a car named for a theatrical version of a 1920’s film seen by Harley Earl
while designing the body, What’s that name?
1930MadamX A 80
The “Madam X”, a custom coach designed by Earl
and built by Fleetwood. The sedan featured a
retractable landau top above the rear seat.
Q 79
What were the first American production cars to combine a straight 8 and four wheel brakes?
A 79
The Duesenberg Model A and the Kenworthy Line-O-Eight of late 1920.
Q 78
When were seat belts first fitted to a motor vehicle?
1902_Baker_Electric A 78
In 1902, in a Baker Electric streamliner racer which crashed at 100 mph. on Staten Island!
Q 77
Which car company was the first to build over 3 million vehicles in one year?
A 77
Chevrolet, in 1964
Q 76
Who is the only American automaker to found 2 car marquees named for himself?
Ransom Eli Olds
1902 Olds1902_olds
olds_plaque A 76
Ransom Eli Olds, founder of Oldsmobile and later, Reo.
Q 75
Has Staten Island ever been home to the production of an automobile?
A 75
Almost. In 1917, Ingram-Hatch Motor corp. made a prototype chassis, but no car.
Q 74
Who used money earned from inventing the enameled bathtub to start a car co?
david_dunbar_buick david-dunbar-buick-SR dunbar_buick_&_son A 74
David Dunbar Buick,buick_label whose marquee celebrates it’s 100th. Anniversary in 2003.
Q 73
What do Studebaker, Auburn, Stutz, Duesenberg and Marmon autos all have in common?
A 73
They all were built in Indiana, along with nearly 200 other marquees that came out of the Hoosier State, most at the turn of the 20th. century.
Q 72
What car was the first production V12, as well as the first production car with aluminum pistons?
1915-Packard-Twin-Six-Touring_DV-09_GC_01 A 72
The cylinder wars were kicked off in 1915 after Packard’s chief engineer, Col. Jesse Vincent, introduced its Twin-Six-Used during WWI in Italy, these motors inspired Enzi Ferrari to adopt the V12 himself in 1948.
Q 71
What vehicle was the first to feature power steering?
A 71
The 1903 Columbia Electric Motor Truck, with power provided by a separate electric motor.
Q 70
What feature do all of these cars have in common: 1936 Cord 810, 1942 DeSoto, 1963 Corvette, 1976 Superbird, 1976 Eldorado?
1976 Supper-bird
1942 Desoto
1936_cord_8101936 Cord 810
1963 Corvette
1963_Corvette1976-cadillac-eldorado1976 Eldorado
A 70
They all featured hidden headlights, a sensing element that made this debut on Gordon Buehrig’s 1936 Cord.
Q 69
Which former Ford district manager from Philadelphia purchased the fourth T-Bird off the line?
A 69
Lee Iacocca
Q 68
What was the first wind-up window mechanism featured on autos?
1919-Pierce 1919-Packard A 68
In 1919, on both Packard’s and Pierce Arrows
Q 67
What popular feature in today’s cars was first offered as an option in 1971 by Chrysler?
A 67
An in-dash cassette tap player.
Q 66
What cars were the first to come fitted with factory installed safety glass?
1926_Stutz 1926-Rickenbacker A 66
The 1926 models of Stutz and Rickenbacker.
Q 65
What car company was originally known as Swallow Sidecars (aka SS)?
1935_Jaguar-SS A 65
Jaguar, which was an SS model first in 1935, and ultimately the whole company by 1945.
Q 63
What city installed the first stop sign in the U.S.?
A 64
Detroit, Michigan in 1914.
Q 63
Which autos were the first to use foamfilled seats?
1942-desoto-1 1942ChryslerWindsorcoupefvl1-vi A 63
The 1942 line of De Soto and the Chrysler Windsor
Q 62
Whose signature appeared on the 100-mph certification plaque that was affixed to the super-charged Auburn’s dash?
A 62
Ab Jenkins, famed speed enthusiast and father of saltflat racing at Bonneville, or Wade Morton, American race car driver. Both tested
Q 61
Which of the Chrysler “letter cars” sold the fewest amount?
1963_chrysler_300j A 61
Only 400, 1963 300Js were sold(they skipped “I” because it looked like a number I)
Q 60
Two major components of traffic management made their debut in Michigan in 1917 and 1919. Can You name them?
1917_Michigan_first-center-linetrafficpottslight   A 60
The first center-line was painted on a rural highway between Marquette and Ishpeming.
Two years later, the first traffic light was installed on the corner of Woodward Ave. and Fourth St. in Detroit.
Q 59
What does the “500” in the Selby Mustang GT500 refers to? And the “350” in the Shelby Mustang GT350?
1969_shelby_5001969_Shelby_GT350 Q 59
The 500 refers to the added weight of the 428 motor. The 350 refers to the number of paces from Shelby’s office to his assembly shop
Q 58
Which marquee had the honor of being the millionth and 100 millionth GM car?
1916 Oldsmobile1916-Oldsmobile_Mdl_44_Rdstr-DV_07_BB_01 1966 Oldsmobile
Q 58
Oldsmobile, in 1916 and 1966
Q 57
What is the significance of “40” in the name of Ford’s 1964 race car , the GT 40?
Q 57
The overall height of the car was 40 inches.
Q 56
What was the first car to use power operated seats?
1947%20Packard Q 56
They were first used on the 1947 Packard line.
Q 55
Where was the first mile of concrete rural highway poured in the U.S.?


A 55
The first mile was just outside Detroit, in 1909, at a cost of $13,534. The first coast to coast road, the Lincoln Highway,
was completed in 1927.
Q 54
When did an automobile first break 100 mph?
A 54
In 1904, a car called the Gordon-Brillie hit 100.55 mph in Belgium.
Q 53
When were the first car radios available?
A 53
A: Motorola began offering car radios in 1929.
Q 52
Who wrote to Henry Ford, “I have drove fords exclusively when I could get away with one. It has got every other car skinned, and even if my business hasn’t been strictly legal it don’t hurt anything to tell you what a fine car you got in the V-8”?
Clyde%20Barrow A 52
The Clyde Barrow (of Bonnie and Clyde) in 1934.
Q 51
Where was the first stolen car reported?
A 51
In St. Louis, back in 1905.
Q 50
In what year was the first multi-button radio tuner introduced?
A 50
1939, by the Dayton Electric Company, a.k.a. Delco
Q 49
What was the first line of cars to feature full power steering?
A 49
1951 Chrysler Imperial models
Q 48
What was the lowest priced mass produced American car?
1925_Model_T-apr21dBut A 48
The 1925 Ford Model T Runabout. Cost $260, $5 less than 1924.
Q 47
What was the first appearance of power steering?
A 47
A separate electric motor assisted steering on the 1903 Columbia Electric motor Truck.
Q 46
What is the fastest internal-combustion American production car?
1998-Dodge-Viper_GTS-R A 46
The 1998 Dodge Viper GETS-R, tested by Motor Trend magazine at 192.6 mph.


Q 45
What automaker’s first logo incorporated the Star of David?
dodge_bros_emblem1 A 45
The Dodge Brothers.
Q 44
What’s the only car to appear simultaneously on the covers of Time and Newsweek?
1964-Ford-Mustang A 44
The Mustang.
Q 43
What U.S. production car has the quickest 0-60 mph time?
1962-IMPALA A 43
The 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 409. Did it in 4.0 seconds.
Q 42
What car was the first to place the horn button in the center of the steering wheel?
1916_Scripps-Booth_Rdstr A 42
The 1915 Scripps-Booth Model C. The car also was the first with electric door latches.
Q 41
What did the Olds designation 4-4-2 stand for?
71olds A 41
4 barrel carburetor, 4 speed transmission and dual exhaust.
Q 40
What autos were the first to use a standardized production key-start system?
1949-chrysler-new-yorker-convertible-2_jpg A 40
The 1949 Chrysler
Q 39
Where was the first drive-in movie theater opened, and when?
12 Jun 1933, Camden, New Jersey, USA --- 6/12/1933-Camden, NJ- Back view of a huge drive-in movie screen -- a wall with advertisement and admission prices. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS A 39
Camden, NJ in 1933
Q 38
What type of car had the distinction of being GM’s 100 millionth car built in the U.S. ?
1966_olds_Toronado A 38
March 16, 1966 saw an Olds Tornado roll out of Lansing, Michigan with that honor.
Q 37
Where was the World’s first three-color traffic lights installed?
trafficpottslight A 37
Detroit, Michigan in 1919. Two years later they experimented with synchronized lights.
Q 36
What car used the first successful series-production hydraulic valve lifters?
1930_Cadillac_Series452AV161 A 36
The 1930 Cadillac 452, the first production V16
Q 35
What car was the first to have it’s radio antenna embedded in the windshield?
1969_Pontiac_Grand_Prix A 35
The 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix.
Q 34
What car first referred to itself as a convertible?
1904%20Thomas%20Flyer A 34
The 1904 Thomas Flyer, which had a removable hard top.
Q 33
What American luxury automaker began by making cages for birds and squirrels?
1901-Pierce-Motorette A 33
The George N. Pierce Co. of Buffalo, who made the Pierce Arrow, also made iceboxes.
Q 32
What was the first car to be offered with a
“perpetual guarantee”?
Acme A 32
The 1904 Acme, from Reading, PA. Perpetuity was disturbing in this case, as Acme closed down in 1911.
Q 31
What was the first car fitted with a replaceable cartridge oil filter?
1924_Chrysler A 31
The 1924 Chrysler.
Q 30
What was the first car fitted with an alternator, rather than a direct current dynamo?
1960_Plymouth_Valiant A 30
The 1960 Plymouth Valiant
Q 29
What was Ford’s answer to the Chevy Corvette, and other legal street racers of the 1960’s?
1966-Shelby-Mustang-GT-350-s-lr A 29
Carroll Shelby’s Mustang GT350.
Q 28
True or False?
The 1953 Corvette came in white, red and black.
1953_polo_white_Corvette A 28
The 1953 “Vetted” were available in one color, Polo White.
Q 27
What country did the Minerva automobile hail from?
1925%20Minerva Minerva%20logo A 27
Q 26
Where was the first drive-in restaurant?
pig_stand_dallas A 26
Royce Hailey’s Pig Stand opened in Dallas in 1921.
Q 25
What city was the first to use parking meters?
park-o-meter A 25
Oklahoma City, on July 16, 1935.
Q 24
Who opened the first drive-in gas station?
first_gas_station,_pittsburgh_pa_1913 A 24
Golf opened up the first station in Pittsburgh in 1913.
Q 23
What was the first official White House car?
1909%20white%20steamer A 23
A 1909 White Steamer 40 hp., ordered by President Taft.
Q 22
What popular car sold only two units in its first year in the U.S.?
1949%20wolksvagen A 22
Volkswagen sold only two Beetle’s here in America in 1949.
Q 21
Who invented the first practical windshield wiper?
1911%20Benz A 21
Prince Henry of Prussia, who fitted his new invention to his Benz, in 1911.
Q 20
car used the first steering wheel?
1900%20Packard A 20
The 1900 Packard Model C, built by The Ohio Automobile Co.
Q 19
What car was the first to offer air conditioning?
1939%20Nash A 19
The 1939 Nash offered an optional heating-ventilation system called the “Weather Eye”
Q 18
What car was the first to have automatic transmission?
1939%20Oldsmobile A 18
Oldsmobile introduced its four speed Hydra-Mastic, as a $57 extra in 1939.
Q 17
What car was the first to have a speedometer?
The 1901 Curved Dash Oldsmobile
Q 16
What is an Oldsmobile Coupe without a B-pillar called?
Oldsmobile_Holiday_Coupe A 16
Holiday (Oldsmobile Holiday)
Q 15
Who is responsible for the blue and white paint scheme on the Shelby Cobra?Shelby%20Cobra
Dan Gerber A 15
Dan Gerber, who raced in the SCAN series, of the early sixties.
Q 14
How much did the 1940 Buick Phaeton, featured in the movie “Casablanca” sell for on June 28th?
1940 Buick Phaeton
A 14
$211.500 more than twice it’s pre auction estimate, according to Christie’s.
Q 13
Which car company was the first to build over 3 million vehicles in one year?
1964Chevrolet A 13
Chevrolet, in 1964
Q 12
Overland cars were first manufactured in which city and state?
overland_cars A 12
The original home of Overland was, Terre Haute, Indiana.
Q 11
What is one of (4) the most expensive ($19 million,) and least used vehicle ever produced?
1972_Lunar_Rover A 1 1
1972 Lunar Rover
Q 10
What was the imported car that Chrysler sold as a Dodge as response to the Vega and Pinto, beginning in 1971?
1970_Mitsubishi_Colt_by_Doge A 10
The Colt from Mitsubishi.
Q 9
What automaker produced the first closed body sedan in 1913?
1913_Franklin__closedbody_sedanjpg A 9
Who else but Syracues’s
very own Franklin.
Q 8
The car was aptly named The Pioneer. Two years later, Henry Ford debuted his Quadricycle, also aptly named in a way

A 8
What was the name of Elwood Hayne’s first gasoline automobile?
Q 7
What car did Edith and Archie Bunker mention in their song “Those were the Days”?
1959_caddy-rear_THE_END A 7
“Gee our old LaSalle ran great” sang the All in the Family couple. Did you know the 1939 LaSalle’s sunroof-option was called a Sunshine Turret Top?
Q 6
What was the fastest American-made production vehicle for 1978, as measured from 0-100 mph. by Car & Driver magazine?


A 6
Surprisingly not a Corvette or Trans Am, but rather the Dodge Li’l Red Express Truck, which had a 225hp. version of the police interceptor 360 V-8.
Q 5
What letter was used to denote the Duesenberg model built between the Model A and Model J?
Duesenberg_Model_X-00009 A 5
The Model “X” was built in 1926 and 1927. Only 13 were made, and four are known to exist today.
Q 4
What did the 1940 Buick Phaeton featured in “Casablanca” sell for on June 28th.?
1940_Buick_Phaeton A 4
211,500, more than twice it’s pre-auction estimate, according to Christie’s.
Q 3
In 1919, this Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army volunteered for a transcontinental truck convoy from Washington D.C. to San Francisco. Remembering the almost impassable conditions many years later, as President of the United States, he urged Congress to create the interstate highway system. Who is he?
Dwight_Eisenhower A 3
Dwight Eisenhower
Q 2
What was the name design theme that Virgil Exner brought to Chrysler Corp., beginning with his tail finned cars of 1955?
1955 Falcon1955_Falcon A 2
“The forward look”
Q 1
The name of what car “suggests the comradeship of good friends as a personal car should be to it’s owner”, while also meaning “a small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs”?
1969_Chevrolet_Camaro_Z28 A 1
1969 Camaro Z-28