Can You Guess the Release Year of These Iconic Cars?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo

Can You Guess the Release Year of These Iconic Cars?
Image: Vetatur Fumare1 via Wiki Commons

About This Quiz

Put it in reverse and travel back to these iconic cars throughout history!

From the Rolls-Royce Phantom of the 1920s to the Lamborghini Murcielago at the start of the 21st century, there have been dozens (if not hundreds) of iconic car models throughout the history of the automobile. While this may seem like a lot, it actually isn't; especially in the grand scheme of things when you consider that there have been thousands upon thousands of car models from a wide range of car manufacturers from around the world. Not every sports car has the endurance to reach iconic status; not every muscle car can tough it out over the years; and not every family car can be remembered fondly. 

In this automotive quiz, we've taken a handful of some of the most iconic cars from both the 20th and 21st centuries and we're going to see if you have what it takes to correctly figure out the exact year when they were introduced! So are you ready to get into the modern and vintage aspects of car history? Then start your engines and let's get going!

1934 Bugatti Type 57 Can you identify the release year of the car in this picture?
1934
The Bugatti Type 57 is a grand tourer that was first introduced by the French car manufacturer Bugatti in 1934. A total of 710 of them were produced between 1934 and 1940.
1965
2006
1969

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1962 Ferrari 250 GTO What year was the car in this image released?
1987
1959
1962
The Ferrari 250 GTO is a grand tourer that was first introduced by Ferrari in 1962. Only 36 of them were ever produced between 1962 and 1964.
2001

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1964 Ford GT40 Do you know the release year of the car in this photo?
1929
2007
1999
1964
The Ford GT40 is a high-performance endurance racing car that was first introduced by Ford in 1964. It is notable for having won the 24 Hours of Le Mans four consecutive times (1966 – 1969).

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2001  Lamborghini Murcielago What year was the car in this photo released?
1965
1948
2001
The Lamborghini Murcielago is a sports car that was first introduced by Lamborghini in 2001. It was not available in North America until 2002, and a total of 4,099 of them were produced.
1992

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1959 Mini The car in this photo was released in what year?
1974
1959
The Mini is a small economy car that was first introduced by the British Motor Corporation in 1959. It has since then become iconic in British culture and worldwide.
1989
2002

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1980 Audi Quattro What is the release year of the car in this photo?
1969
1984
1955
1980
The Audi Quattro is a rally and road car that was first introduced by Audi AG in 1980. North American variants are notable for coming equipped with larger impact bumpers with built-in shock absorbers.

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1986 Porsche 959 Do you know the release year of this car?
1961
1986
The Porsche 959 is a sports car that was first introduced by Porsche in 1986. It was first introduced as a Group B rally car and then later as an actual production car, with only 345 units produced.
1957
1974

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1985 Acura Legend The car in this image was released in what year?
1985
The Acura Legend is a mid-size luxury car that was first introduced by Honda in 1985. It was originally known as the Honda Legend but subsequently marketed as the Acura Legend in North America and parts of China.
2007
1948
1965

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1963 Porsche 911 Can you identify the release year of the car in this image?
1992
1963
The Porsche 911 is a sports car that was first introduced by Porsche in 1963. It is notable for being one of the most iconic cars of the 20th century that is still in production to this day.
1993
1929

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1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL When was this car first introduced?
2002
1987
1919
1952
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL is a grand tourer that was first introduced by Mercedes-Benz in 1952. It is notable for its distinctive gull-wing doors and rounded body style.

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1978 BMW M1 What year was the car in this picture released?
1934
1978
The BMW M1 is a sports car that was first introduced by BMW in 1978. It is notable for being the first mid-engined BMW to be mass-produced.
1969
1965

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1974 Volkswagen Golf Do you know the release year of the car in this picture?
1974
The Volkswagen Golf is a compact car that was first introduced by Volkswagen in 1974. It is notable for being Volkswagen’s best-selling model and globally the second best-selling model overall.
2000
1929
1993

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1961  Jaguar E-Type What is the release year of the car in this image?
1930
2012
1961
The Jaguar E-Type is a sports car that was first introduced by Jaguar Cars in 1961. It is notable for being lauded by Enzo Ferrari as "the most beautiful car ever made".
1938

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1963  Aston Martin DB5 Do you know the release year of the car in this image?
2001
1963
The Aston Martin DB5 is a luxury grand tourer that was first introduced by Aston Martin in 1963. It is one of James Bond’s most iconic cars, having first appeared in Goldfinger.
1948
1932

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1981 DeLorean DMC-12 The car in this picture was released in what year?
1959
2005
1981
The DeLorean DMC-12 is a sports car that was first introduced by the DeLorean Motor Company in 1981. While the company itself was unsuccessful, the DeLorean DMC-12 became iconic due to the Back to Future films.
1966

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1990 Acura NSX What is the release year of the car in this picture?
2016
1978
1966
1990
The Acura NSX is a mid-engine sports car that was first introduced by Honda in 1990. The first generation was produced from 1990 to 2005 and a second generation was finally introduced in 2016.

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1967 Toyota 2000GT Can you identify the release year of the car in this photo?
1986
1948
1967
The Toyota 2000GT is a grand tourer that was first introduced by Toyota in 1967. It was actually designed as a collaboration between Toyota and Yamaha.
2003

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1966 Ferrari 365 What year was this car released?
1966
The Ferrari 365 is a grand tourer that was first introduced by Ferrari in 1966. It was notably first introduced at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show.
1990
1985
2001

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1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Can you identify the release year of this car?
1964
1974
2006
1929
The Rolls-Royce Phantom II is a luxury car that was first introduced by Rolls-Royce Ltd in 1929. It is notable for being the third and last of Rolls-Royce's 40/50 hp models.

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1969 Datsun 240Z This car was released in what year?
1969
The Datsun 240Z is a sports car that was first introduced by Nissan in 1969. It is notable for being one of the most successful sports car lines ever produced.
1938
1910
2002

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1938 Volkswagen Beetle Can you identify the release year of the car in this picture?
1980
1969
1999
1938
The Volkswagen Beetle is a rear-engine economy car that was first introduced by Volkswagen in 1938. It is by far one of the most iconic cars in the world and was manufactured from 1938 until 2003.

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1959 Austin Healey 3000 What year was the car in this image released?
1921
1959
The Austin Healey 3000 is a sports car that was first introduced by Austin Healey in 1959. It is notable for being one of the best known of the "big Healey" models.
1929
2009

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1966 Lamborghini Miura Do you know release year of the car in this photo?
2007
1985
1999
1966
The Lamborghini Miura is a sports car that was first introduced by Lamborghini in 1966. It was actually designed by Lamborghini's engineering team against the wishes of company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini.

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1948 Tucker 48 What year was the car in this photo released?
2000
1948
The Tucker 48 is a sedan that was first introduced by the Tucker Corporation in 1948. It is also notably referred to by the nickname the "Tucker Torpedo".
1992
1920

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1989 Mazda Miata The car in this photo was released in what year?
1989
The Mazda Miata is a two-seater roadster that was first introduced by Mazda in 1989. The name Miata is derived from the Old High German for "reward".
2002
1952
1940

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1984 Ferrari 288 GTO What is the release year of the car in this photo?
1934
1955
1984
The Ferrari 288 GTO is a sports car that was first introduced by Ferrari in 1984. It was designated GT for Gran Turismo and O for Omologata (which means homologated in Italian).
2003

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1948 Porsche 356 Speedster Do you know the release year of this car?
1987
1963
1948
The Porsche 356 Speedster is a sports car that was first introduced by Porsche in 1948. Original production of the car ended in 1965.
2000

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1957 Maserati 3500 GT The car in this image was released in what year?
1989
1957
The Maserati 3500 GT is a 2-door coupé that was first introduced by Maserati in 1957. It is notable for being the company's first successful attempt at both the Gran Turismo market and series production.
1929
2003

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1993 McLaren F1 Can you identify the release year of the car in this image?
1993
The McLaren F1 is a sports car that was first introduced by McLaren Automotive in 1993. It is notable for having previously held the Guinness World Record for the world's fastest production car.
2001
1974
1965

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1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 When was this car first introduced?
1959
2000
1965
The Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 is a sports car/muscle car that was first introduced by Shelby American in 1965. It was then built by Ford from 1969 onwards.
1978

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1987 Ferrari F40 What year was the car in this picture released?
1948
1987
The Ferrari F40 is a rear-wheel drive sports car that was first introduced by Ferrari in 1987. It is notable for being the last Ferrari automobile that was personally approved by Enzo Ferrari.
1952
2000

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1929 Bentley Blower Do you know the release year of the car in this picture?
2005
1993
1964
1929
The Bentley Blower is a British car that was first introduced by Bentley Motors Limited in 1929. There were 720 of them that were produced between 1929 and 1931.

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1962 AC Shelby Cobra 427 What is the release year of the car in this image?
1985
1992
1962
The AC Shelby Cobra 427 is a sports car that was first introduced by AC Cars and Shelby American in 1965. It was a notable part of the Cobra Ferrari Wars between Carroll Shelby and Enzo Ferrari.
1929

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1974 Lamborghini Countach Do you know the release year of the car in this image?
1986
1957
1967
1974
The Lamborghini Countach is a V12 sports car that was first introduced by Lamborghini in 1974. It is notable for being one of the most iconic Italian wedge designs.

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1955 Citroen DS The car in this picture was released in what year?
1990
1955
The Citroen DS is a front-wheel-drive executive car that was first introduced by Citroen in 1955. It was notable for setting several standards for design and performance of cars to come.
1984
1980

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2002  Ferrari Enzo What is the release year of the car in this picture?
1981
1966
1959
2002
The Ferrari Enzo is a mid-engine sports car that was first introduced by Ferrari in 2002. As the name suggests, it is named after Enzo Ferrari, the company’s founder.

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1992 Dodge Viper Can you identify the release year of the car in this photo?
1992
The Dodge Viper is a sports car that was first introduced by the Chrysler Corporation in 1992. It was recently named as one of the most American cars, since over 75% of its parts are manufactured in the US.
1963
1948
2005

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2007 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione What year was this car released?
1961
1966
2007
The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione is a sports car that was first introduced by Alfa Romeo in 2007. There were over 1,400 orders for the car but only 1,000 were produced.
1989

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1961 Volvo P1800 Can you identify the release year of this car?
1961
The Volvo P1800 was first introduced by Volvo Cars in 1961. It surged in popularity when it was driven by Roger Moore in the hit television series "The Saint."
1974
1999
1939

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1969 Nissan Skyline GT-R This car was released in what year?
2000
1938
1969
The Nissan Skyline GT-R is a sports car that was first introduced by Nissan in 1969. It has been featured heavily in several films, TV series, and video games; including "The Fast and the Furious," "Need for Speed" and "Initial D."
1934

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