Can You Ace this General Car History Quiz?

By: Craig
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Can You Ace this General Car History Quiz?
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About This Quiz

Cars ... where would we be without them? Let's see how much you know about this incredible form of transport.

Introduced over 130 years ago, motor vehicles have come on in leaps and bounds, and today, there are so many models, makers and types on the road that we as consumers are certainly spoiled for choice. 

But how much do you really know about these fantastic machines, their feats, various models and other historical aspects relating to motor vehicles? Do you think you know enough to ace our general car history quiz?

For instance, do you know the smallest car ever built? What about the biggest? You might be surprised at the answers! And when it comes to motorsports, where do you think the first ever racetrack was built? What about gadgets in cars? Do you know when the first air conditioning system was introduced in a car? Or how about the first car to be considered a supercar? 

These are some of the questions that you will come across in this difficult, yet not impossible quiz. All it takes is a little application on your side, putting on your thinking cap and finding the answer that is obviously the correct one. 

35 questions lie before you! What are you waiting for? Turn they key and ... Go! Go! Go!

Cars come in all shapes and sizes. What is the tiniest car ever made?
Peel P50
First released in 1962, the Peel P50 was a micro car that just 134 cm in length and was only 99 cm wide. With a height of 100 cm, it wasn't tall people friendly either.
Ford Mustang
Buick Regal
None of the above

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Which brand is the luxury division of Honda?
Acura
Acura first formed in 1985. This was the brand that started it all for seperate luxury vehicle brands attached to existing Japanese car makers.
Toyota
Nissan
None of the above

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What is considered to be the first official motor car ever built?
Willys Jeep
Mini Mk 1
Benz Autowagen
For all intents and purposes, the Benz Autowagen, produced in 1886 to 1893 is considered to be the first proper motor vehicle.
None of the above

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How fast could the early models of the Benz Autowagen travel?
50 mph
10 mph
Not exactly a speed merchant, the Autowagen could only hit around 10 mph. Long trips were simply out of the question, unless you were patient.
75 mph
None of the above

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The internal combustion engine as we know it today was invented by?
Nicolaus Otto
German engineer, Nicolaus Otto, built his first combustion engine as far back as 1861. His invention allowed for a more practical propulsion system over steam.
Henry Ford
Louis Chevrolet
None of the above

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The world's most famous spy, James Bond (007) has ridden a number of cars during his career. Which one from the '60s is an instant classic?
Aston Martin DB5
Interestingly, the DB5 is not the first car we see James Bond driving but it certainly the one most people associate with the character. It first made an appearance in the third Bond movie, "Goldfinger."
Mercedes Benz C Class
Chevrolet Cruze
None of the above

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Safety is an important part of any modern vehicle. Which manufacturer introduced three-point seatbelts in the late 1950s?
Volvo
Swedish manufacturer Volvo was the first to introduce the three-point seat belt in 1959.
Great Wall Motors
Hyundai
None of the above

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After designing the three-point seatbelt, what did Volvo do next?
Patented them and made other vehicle manufacturers pay to use them
Gave the design away for other vehicle makers to use
Realising that the new seat belt would save lives, Volvo let other vehicle manufacturers have it free of charge to add to their vehicles.
Hid the design until 2013
None of the above

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This famous German brand formed as a result of a merger in 1926.
Bentley
Austin Healy
Mercedes Benz
One of the most famous car brands in the world, Mercedes Benz came about as a result of a merger in 1926. The rest, as they say, is history, as today, Mercedes Benz produce some of the best cars in the world.
None of the above

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Which two famous German auto manufacturers merged their companies to form Mercedes?
Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler
Both Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler were very successful auto manufacturers by the time they decided to join forces.
Karl Benz and Alfred E. Newman
Gottlieb Daimler and Austin Healey
None of the above

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Mercedes Benz quickly became involved in racing, and in the 1930s dominated the scene. What were their teams famously called?
The Speedsters
Benz Challengers
The Silver Arrows
While dominating the racing scene in the 1930s, the Mercedes Benz teams quickly became known as the Silver Arrows, a name they carry to this day in Formula One racing.
None of the above

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The Model T Ford, one of the most famous cars in the world, was only made in one color. What was it?
Blue
Black
Henry Ford famously stated that "You can have any color as long as it's black." The real reason why black was the chosen color was that it dried faster than any other color.
Purple
None of the above

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Cars come in all shapes and sizes. What is the longest car ever made?
Mini
Cadillac Fleetwood
The longest production car in America, the Fleetwood measured an astonishing 5.7 meters in length. Now that's difficult to park!
Volkswagen Beetle
None of the above

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In 1940, the Packard 180 was the first car to offer this as a standard option.
Air Conditioning
With it now a standard option on all modern cars, it's hard to believe there was a time without air conditioning systems in cars. But before 1940, air conditioning systems were unknown.
Electric Starter
Rubber Tires
None of the above

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The system used by Packard was built by an outside company. What do you think it was called?
'Old Snowy'
Bishop and Babcock Weather Conditioner
Yes, believe it or not, that is what the first air conditioning systems were called. Later, car manufacturers built them themselves without the need for outside help.
Ford's Hot and Cold
None of the above

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Today, motor racing is a massive, undertaken across many classes of cars. When do you think the first motor race was held, however?
1933
1945
1894
The first race was undertaken in 1894 from Paris to Rouen. It included a range of vehicles and the 50 km trip was finished in 3 and a half hours!
None of the above

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Where was the first motor racing track built?
Brooklands, England
The first purpose-built racetrack was constructed in Brooklands, England. This was finished as early as 1907.
Suzuka, Japan
Cape Town, South Africa
None of the above

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The Indianapolis Speedway is one of the most famous racing circuits in the world. When was it built?
1965
1949
1909
Built in 1909, Indianapolis Speedway is the second oldest in the world.
None of the above

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Which Ford model, produced in Britain, famously appears as a flying car in the Harry Potter movie franchise?
Ford Anglia
The Anglia was produced by Ford for the European market. It was noted for its pointy tail fins and heavily angled back window.
Ford Fusion
Ford F-250
None of the above

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Airbags, today a safety feature on most cars, were introduced first on the Oldsmobile Tornado. In what year?
1924
1942
1971
Although they are standard today, airbags were first introduced in the early 1970s with the Oldmobile Tornado the first car to have them.
None of the above

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What were early airbag systems called?
Pop cushions
Accident pillows
Air cushion restraint system
Although we know them as airbags today, their first name was a real mouthful.
None of the above

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One of America's big three auto manufacturers, when did Chevrolet form?
1911
Chevrolet was formed by William C. Durant and Louis Chevrolet in 1911. The rest, as they say, is history.
1955
1982
None of the above

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Henry Ford's son was just as involved in the motor industry as his father. What was his rather interesting name?
Frank
Ford
Edsel
Henry Ford's son was named Edsel. He began Mercury, a subsidiary of Ford in 1937.
None of the above

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Which vehicle dominated the Rally scene in the mid-1980s and included a four-wheel drive system with a special name, the first to be used in racing?
Audi Quattro
The Audi Quattro won the World Rally Championship in 1984 and 1985. It was banned soon after.
Mini Mk 1
Volkswagen Beetle
None of the above

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Which brand is the luxury division of Nissan?
Honda
Toyota
Infiniti
Infiniti, the luxury division of Nissan, first formed in 1989. In 2018, the company announced that by 2021, all their models would either be all-eletric or hybrid vehicles.
None of the above

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What is the nickname of the Indianapolis Speedway?
The Brickyard
The Indianapolis Speedway contains a section that consists of bricks. This is how it received its famous nickname.
Dr. Jones
Fast and Furious
None of the above

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Nowadays, super cars are a dime a dozen. What is considered by motoring aficionados to be the first supercar ever?
Lamborghini Miura
The Lamborghini Miura was released in 1966. Just over 700 were built and included the classic rear-engine layout now associated with all super cars.
Ford Thunderbird
Volkswagen Beetle
None of the above

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The classic Batmobile from the '60s TV-series was actually based on a _______?
Volkswagen Beetle
Ford Model T
Lincoln Futura
The Batmobile in the 1960s Batman TV series was, in fact, a Lincoln Futura, a concept car from 1955 of which only one was ever built. The Batmobile itself was not this Futura but a replica with a fiberglass body. In 2013, it was sold for an astonishing $4.62 million at auction.
None of the above

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How many bricks were used to build the Indianapolis Speedway?
1,000
9,999
3,2 million
Over 3,2 million bricks were used in the construction of Indianapolis Speedway. These were just regular paving bricks.
None of the above

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Which American muscle car is affectionately known as the boss?
Ford Mustang
Arguably the most iconic muscle car even, the Mustangs were first released in 1964. It proved one of the most popular debuts ever and within a year, 400,000 units had been sold which quadrupled Ford’s sale estimates.
AMC Pacer
Chevrolet Bel Air
None of the above

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The car that was Christine in a film based on a Stephen King book of the same name was a _______?
Plymouth Fury
Christine was a Plymouth Fury. In the movie, a number of these cars were sourced before production began.
Ford Fusion
Chevrolet Cruze
None of the above

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BMW's best selling car is the 3-series. In which decade did the German auto manufacturer introduce it?
1900s
1970s
Introduced by BMW in 1975, the 3-series is the German car maker's top selling brand. In fact, worldwide, over two million of these vehicles have been sold in the last 60 months.
1920s
None of the above

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Which vehicle is considered to be the first of what was to become the "Hot Hatch" class?
Ford Anglia
Chevrolet Bel Air
Golf Mk 1 GTI
Volkswagen started the "hot hatch" revolution with the introduction of the Golf GTI in 1976. This was a Golf Mk 1 with a high-performance engine and instantly became a hit.
None of the above

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What brand is the luxury division of Toyota?
Nissan
Lexus
Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota, was first established in 1989. It formed out of Toyota's need to design a luxury sedan, something that was formulated by the company in 1983.
Honda
None of the above

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What is the most famous race held at the Indianapolis Speedway?
Monaco Grand Prix
Indy 500
One of the oldest races in the world, the Indy 500 first took place in 1911. It was won by Ray Harroun in a Marmon Wasp. He received over $14,000 in prize money.
Cannonball Run
None of the above

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