Can You Ace this General Car History Quiz?

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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?

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.

Which brand is the luxury division of Honda?

Acura first formed in 1985. This was the brand that started it all for seperate luxury vehicle brands attached to existing Japanese car makers.

What is considered to be the first official motor car ever built?

For all intents and purposes, the Benz Autowagen, produced in 1886 to 1893 is considered to be the first proper motor vehicle.

How fast could the early models of the Benz Autowagen travel?

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.

The internal combustion engine as we know it today was invented by?

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.

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?

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."

Safety is an important part of any modern vehicle. Which manufacturer introduced three-point seatbelts in the late 1950s?

Swedish manufacturer Volvo was the first to introduce the three-point seat belt in 1959.

After designing the three-point seatbelt, what did Volvo do next?

Realising that the new seat belt would save lives, Volvo let other vehicle manufacturers have it free of charge to add to their vehicles.

This famous German brand formed as a result of a merger in 1926.

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.

Which two famous German auto manufacturers merged their companies to form Mercedes?

Both Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler were very successful auto manufacturers by the time they decided to join forces.

Mercedes Benz quickly became involved in racing, and in the 1930s dominated the scene. What were their teams famously called?

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.

The Model T Ford, one of the most famous cars in the world, was only made in one color. What was it?

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.

Cars come in all shapes and sizes. What is the longest car ever made?

The longest production car in America, the Fleetwood measured an astonishing 5.7 meters in length. Now that's difficult to park!

In 1940, the Packard 180 was the first car to offer this as a standard option.

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.

The system used by Packard was built by an outside company. What do you think it was called?

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.

Today, motor racing is a massive, undertaken across many classes of cars. When do you think the first motor race was held, however?

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!

Where was the first motor racing track built?

The first purpose-built racetrack was constructed in Brooklands, England. This was finished as early as 1907.

The Indianapolis Speedway is one of the most famous racing circuits in the world. When was it built?

Built in 1909, Indianapolis Speedway is the second oldest in the world.

Which Ford model, produced in Britain, famously appears as a flying car in the Harry Potter movie franchise?

The Anglia was produced by Ford for the European market. It was noted for its pointy tail fins and heavily angled back window.

Airbags, today a safety feature on most cars, were introduced first on the Oldsmobile Tornado. In what year?

Although they are standard today, airbags were first introduced in the early 1970s with the Oldmobile Tornado the first car to have them.

What were early airbag systems called?

Although we know them as airbags today, their first name was a real mouthful.

One of America's big three auto manufacturers, when did Chevrolet form?

Chevrolet was formed by William C. Durant and Louis Chevrolet in 1911. The rest, as they say, is history.

Henry Ford's son was just as involved in the motor industry as his father. What was his rather interesting name?

Henry Ford's son was named Edsel. He began Mercury, a subsidiary of Ford in 1937.

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?

The Audi Quattro won the World Rally Championship in 1984 and 1985. It was banned soon after.

Which brand is the luxury division of Nissan?

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.

What is the nickname of the Indianapolis Speedway?

The Indianapolis Speedway contains a section that consists of bricks. This is how it received its famous nickname.

Nowadays, super cars are a dime a dozen. What is considered by motoring aficionados to be the first supercar ever?

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.

The classic Batmobile from the '60s TV-series was actually based on a _______?

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.

How many bricks were used to build the Indianapolis Speedway?

Over 3,2 million bricks were used in the construction of Indianapolis Speedway. These were just regular paving bricks.

Which American muscle car is affectionately known as the boss?

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.

The car that was Christine in a film based on a Stephen King book of the same name was a _______?

Christine was a Plymouth Fury. In the movie, a number of these cars were sourced before production began.

BMW's best selling car is the 3-series. In which decade did the German auto manufacturer introduce it?

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.

Which vehicle is considered to be the first of what was to become the "Hot Hatch" class?

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.

What brand is the luxury division of Toyota?

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.

What is the most famous race held at the Indianapolis Speedway?

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.

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