The Ultimate Art Deco Car Quiz

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Cars from the Art Deco era were about more than just simple transportation. They were expressions of high style accessible only to the most affluent of people. Do you think you're good enough to be an Art Deco car expert?

Art Deco cars were most prominent during which decade?

While the Art Deco movement originated in Paris after World War I, most of the cars that took their styling cues from it came about in the 1930s. Those opulent, extravagant cars were mostly on the way out by the 1940s.

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Which of these car companies would NOT be considered a maker of an Art Deco car?

That should have been an easy one! Most Art Deco car makers originated in Europe; specifically, France, the center of the artistic movement.

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Fill in the blank: The Art Deco aesthetic was known for its ______.

Art Deco designs had distinct geometric shapes, clean lines, bright colors and were very streamlined. These designs were visually striking but simplistic.

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The Art Deco scene grew out of which previous artistic movement?

The movement originated in Paris and was an outgrowth of the previous Art Nouveau style, which was popular around the turn of the 20th century and was characterized by excessive decorations, organic motifs of flowers and plants, and highly stylized curved forms.

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Which of these buildings are characterized by the Art Deco style?

Art Deco styling became immensely popular during the period of urban growth in the 1930s and includes several famous New York City landmarks, including the Empire State Building, Radio City Music Hall and the Chrysler Building.

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Which of these neighborhoods are characterized by an abundance of Art Deco structures?

Miami sports countless examples of Art Deco buildings, including an entire area near Miami Beach.

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Fill in the blank: Art Deco vehicles were typically ______, ______ and ______.

Because they were aimed at the very wealthy, the French Art Deco cars tended to be large, grand affairs with stunning designs and big engines.

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Which of these were common styling cues of Art Deco cars?

Vehicles today classified as Art Deco cars were often two-door coupes and roadsters with long hoods and small, rounded-off trunks. They featured long, swooping fenders over the wheels, round headlights and lots of chrome. Another important design characteristic was streamlining -- cars with smooth, sleek curves that appeared to be speeding, even when standing still.

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What is coachbuilding?

Coachbuilding a process where one company, like Bugatti or Cadillac, would make a naked chassis and engine and another company would custom-design and build the body to the owner's exact specifications.

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What kind of engine was in the Hispano-Suiza J12 Cabriolet?

The cars of the Art Deco era were subtle in neither design nor engine size. The Hispano-Suiza packed an aircraft-based, 9-liter, 12-cylinder motor.

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How much money did a Delage D8-120 Cabriolet cost in the late 1930s?

The Delage D8-120 Cabriolet cost $200,000. And that was at a time when the average American home cost about $3,800. Sounds like a good deal, right?

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Which of these more affordable American cars featured Art Deco styling?

The Chrysler Airflow was designed with Art Deco style in mind; it featured a flowing shape with rounded fenders and a curved "waterfall" grille.

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Fill-in-the-blank: After the Art Deco era ended, car designs became increasingly ______.

Styling moved away from the glamorous and gregarious and towards more conservative designs as the decades went on.

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Why are Art Deco cars in such limited supply today?

Many of the Bugattis, Delahayes and similar cars were made in very limited numbers in their heyday. Also, many of the vehicles (and their manufacturers) did not survive World War II.

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How much did an Art Deco-styled 1937 Bugatti 57SC fetch at auction in 2008?

The SC, described as the world's first supercar, went for a staggering $7.9 million when auctioned off at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 2008. Only 11 were ever made.

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Where is Peter Mullin's museum (Mullin Automotive Museum) located?

The Mullin Automotive Museum, whose mission is to celebrate the French cars of the 1930s, is located in Oxnard, Calif.

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The Mullin Automotive Museum features cars and motorcycles that once belonged to Otis Chandler. Who was he?

The collection features some of the cars and motorcycles owned by former Los Angeles Times publisher and auto enthusiast Otis Chandler.

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A rare 1934 Voisin C27 Grand Sport Cabriolet on display at the Mullin Automotive Museum once belonged to whom?

Art Deco cars were known for their expensiveness and exclusivity. This model of Voisin was once owned by the Shah of Persia.

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Which of these Art Deco car companies is still manufacturing passenger cars today?

One of the only car companies from that era to survive today is Bugatti, which was purchased by Volkswagen in the late 1990s. Bugatti continues to make cars worthy of the Art Deco era -- at least in performance, if not looks.

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Art Deco drew design inspiration from which of these cultures?

Art Deco also incorporated motifs from ancient cultures like Egypt and the Aztec empire.

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