Can You Identify the World's First Cars?


By: Tasha Moore

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

You'll get a load of first-car facts with this quiz. How many first cars in the world can you correctly identify? We'll show you pictures of international auto classics for your prompt model selection. 

You don't have to be a car connoisseur to appreciate vintage autos. Cars are a necessity in the 21st century; we have to know lots about them because we rely on them. Some of us have heard more car upkeep info than we might care to possess. But imagine being alive when the automotive industry was born at the end of the 1800s and beginning of the 1900s? During that pivotal moment in history, car mastery was reserved for the elite and wealthy members of society who could afford the new contraptions barreling down still-unpaved streets. 

Regular folks can thank Henry Ford for his first auto, the Model T, which set the standard for car affordability. Other car makers in the United States and abroad mimicked the Model T's price point as well as car parts. Ford's first classic served as inspiration for assorted prototypes and entire car companies.

Take a ride down memory lane with this auto exercise to get to know better the world's first vehicles!

Do you recognize Toyota's first model?

In 1935, Kilchiro Toyoda conceived the A1 prototype, which copied Chevrolet's engine and Ford's electrical system and chassis. Toyoda had the first car prototypes blessed during a Buddhist ceremony before using them to produce the Toyoda AA.


Chevrolet's first car appeared in 1912. Can you name it?

William Howard Taft was U.S. president when Chevrolet produced its first model, the Classic Six Series C, in 1912. The car weighed 3,500 pounds, had twice as much horsepower as Ford's Model T and was priced at $2,250.


Acura's first auto is the ________?

Honda established its American-Japanese luxury division with the Legend on March 27, 1986. A fully equipped Legend cost a little under $20,000 in 1986. Despite complaints that the car was sluggish, Legend coupe was awarded Motor Trend's Import Car of the Year in 1987.


This car's concept is straight out of the military. Can you ID Jeep's first machine?

Produced in 1945, the Jeep CJ-2A is the company's first commercial vehicle. The company started off producing military reconnaissance vehicles after the United States' involvement in World War II became official.


Is it a challenge for you to identify Volkswagon's first design?

Adolf Hitler's regime commissioned the Beetle model through Volkswagon, which means "People's Car." Hitler's mission was to make car ownership affordable to all German citizens. Ferdinand Porsche, a maker of luxury sports cars, designed the Beetle, and it was produced in 1938.


What is the simple moniker for Porsche's first?

Porsche's first model, manufactured in 1948, is named Porsche No. 1, and its official name is Type 356-001. Ferdinand "Ferry" Porsche designed the two-seat sports car with a mid-engine when he could not find a car that he liked.


Which car company debuted its first model in 1948?

The Land Rover company debuted its original Land Rover vehicle on April 30, 1948, at the Amsterdam Motor Show. The company recently restored one of three original pre-production models that had been missing for 63 years.


Mercedes-Benz's first racing model is "Super." Do you know what it's called?

The Mercedes-Benz SSK ("Super-Sport Kurz" or "Super Sport Short") was the German car manufacturer's first racing car model. The car was produced in 1928 and has a 7.1-liter six-cylinder engine. Race car driver Rudolf Caracciola won the Gabelbach Race the summer of that year with the vehicle.


Can you pick the correct digits of Ram's intro vehicle?

The Ram 2500 disproved the assumption that trucks with diesel engines were slow. The 1994 model 2500 set a record achieving, from a flying mile, 141.256 mph. In 1981, Ram became the name of Dodge's full-sized trucks; the Ram Trucks division was established in 2010.


Kia's first passenger car is called ________?

Kia, Korea's oldest car company, manufactured its first passenger car, the Brisa, in 1974. The company exported 10 Brisa pick-up trucks to Qatar in 1975, and since then until 2015, the company exported 15 million vehicles worldwide.


Try to select the car manufacturer that you see represented by this first model?

In 1915, English car manufacturer Aston Martin, based in Gaydon, England, named its first creation after the company, which was founded by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin. Ford bought a stake in the company in 1987 and gained full ownership in 1994 before selling its stake in 2007 for $848 million.


Can you name the electric vehicle introduced in 1907?

Detroit Electric was established as Anderson Carriage Co. of Detroit. In 1907 the company unveiled a successful line of 13,000 electric cars until 1939 when the company paused production.


Engineering great Reeves Callaway decided on which of these names to call his first complete car?

Callaway's C7 was the company's first complete car and was introduced in the mid-1990s. Founder Reeves Callaway started the company by engineering high-performance systems for automobiles, such as Aston Marin and Camaro.


Name the correct number of Faraday Future's first?

Faraday Future's first car and flagship design, the FF 91, manifests the company's unique technological advancements. Released January 2017 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the FF 91 embodies clean energy and artificial-intelligence innovations.


Tesla introduced itself to the car industry with the ________?

The Roadster was Tesla's first car, and it debuted in 2008. On a single charge, the all-electric vehicle possesses a total range of 245 miles. The Roadster's "glider" utilizes several systems, including the chassis, produced by car systems company Group Lotus Limited.


Buick began with which model?

American car company Buick developed a few models starting from the company's inception in 1899 to 1901, but Buick didn't manufacture cars until 1904. Thirty-seven Model B cars were produced in Flint, Michigan at that time.


Mitsubishi's first went hybrid in 2017. Do you know the model?

In 2017, automotive repairman Ryan Friedlinghaus and his West Coast Customs entourage recreated Mitsubishi's first passenger vehicle, the Mitsubishi Model A, which was produced in 1917. The recreation embellished its original look but was constructed on Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle technology.


Car racing was never the same once this first model hit the tracks. Can you name this McLaren classic?

In 1964, New Zealand-born race-car driver Bruce McLaren established McLaren's racing legacy with the M1A sports car. The 2012 McLaren MP4-12C was the company's first road car produced after Mercedes-Benz relinquished its stake in the company in 2010.


When did Bentley release this vintage treasure?

It's believed that Bentley's 1921 model was its first consumer vehicle. One of these three-liter cars was auctioned in August 2011 after enduring several British holders following World War II and one American car collector during the 1960s.


How well do you recognize Chrysler's classic car?

The Model B was the first vehicle that was sold under the Chrysler brand name. Walter P. Chrysler tasked a team of engineers to craft the car in 1922. Chrysler elevated to big-three car company status when, in 1928, it purchased Dodge.


World War I inspired GMC's first. Which one is it from these options?

Forerunner of the modern-day pick-up truck, the GMC Model 16 was produced for military purposes during World War I. General Motors Company purchased Rapid Motor Vehicle Company in 1909 before the GMC brand was indexed.


Can you recognize the right three letters for Nissan's first auto model?

Made in 1913, DAT received its name from the initials of Japanese Kwaishinsha Motor Car Works investors K. Den, R. Aoyama and A. Takeuchi. The name DAT was changed to Datson, which was intended to mean "son of DAT," but the name was changed again to Datsun in 1932. The name became Nissan in 1934.


The name of Hyundai's intro automobile is ________?

In partnership with Ford Motor Company, Hyundai released the Korean car company's first vehicle model, the Cortina, in November 1968. Ford U.K. was instrumental in helping to initiate Hyundai Motor Co. in December 1967.


Ford changed consumer auto-buying habits with this first model. What is the name of this car?

Ford joined forces with almost 20 car suppliers to produce the Model T, which was first formulated in 1908 at the Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit. The Ford Model T was the auto industry's first inexpensive car.


Jaguar released its first model in 1935. What are the correct initials of this machine?

William Walmsley and William Lyons formed the Swallow Sidecar Co. in 1922 and constructed the Austin Swallow Two-Seater in 1927. The SS series was released in 1931 before the name Jaguar was added to a new car line in 1935. The "SS" moniker was ditched for "Jaguar Cars Ltd." in 1945.


Do you ID Honda's first shown here?

In 1963 at Saitama Factory, Honda's car assemblage started with the T360 mini-truck, Honda's first mass-produced vehicle. The company expanded production capacity in 1964, building a technologically-advanced assembly plant, Sayama Factory in Sayama City, Saitama Prefecture.


History repeated itself in 1998 for car maker Renault. Can you choose the name of the first car that made it all possible?

On December 24, 1898, Louis Renault drove the Renault Voiturette up the Rue Lepic incline in Paris before a crowd of onlookers. One-hundred years later on December 19, 1998, the original Voiturette was driven up the 13 % Paris climb to commemorate the company's 100-year milestone.


This first Peugeot auto model ran on ________?

A 40-year-old Armand Peugeot debuted his first mobile contraption at the 1889 Paris World's Fair. The steam-powered vehicle had three wheels. The next year, the newly established Peugeot company (Les Fils de Peugeot Freres) crafted its first gas-powered car that used a Gottlieb Daimler engine.


At what time did Charles Rolls and Henry Royce roll out their first?

In 1904, entrepreneur Charles Rolls and car builder Henry Royce established Rolls-Royce in Manchester, England with a two-cylinder car. The Rolls-Royce luxury brand entered the American car market in 1906 but experienced poor sales there during the mid-1920s.


What type of name did Ettore Bugatti name his company's first machine?

The Bugatti car company was formed in 1909 one year after Italian-born engineer Ettore Bugatti crafted a small car in his Cologne basement. Automobiles E. Bugatti was established in Alsace when an investor became interested in the prototype. Type 13 was built in 1910.


They call it "Jakob" for some reason. Do you recognize Volvo's classic first?

Nicknamed "Jakob," Volvo's first car, the Volvo OV 4, manifested from the assembly line in 1927. The name "Volvo" means "I roll" in Latin. The company first started as a ball-bearing manufacturer.


BMW's first model is called ________?

BMW entered the car-making business on March 22, 1929, in Berlin-Johannisthal with its small BMW 3/15 model. The company had previously engineered aero-engines and motorcycles. Between 1929 and 1932, the company produced 16,000 units of the BMW 3/15.


Citroen's first car model triggered several follow-ups. Can you see the name of this auto among the choices?

Citroen owns the distinction of crafting the first mass-produced vehicle in Europe. Citroen's Type A debuted in 1919; the company assembled the B2, B12, B15, Torpedo and other models soon after that.


Dodge Brothers insisted on all steel for their first model. Try to quickly select the right name?

The Dodge brothers turned out the all-steel Model 30 - 35 in 1914 at a time when many low-cost vehicles were constructed on wooden frames. Dodge sold 45,000 cars priced at $785 in 1915.


When did Cadillac manifest its first?

Cadillac's 1903 Model A includes brass lanterns and a wooden frame. The company numbered its cars in the order they were manufactured. No. 13, produced in 1903, is one of Cadillac's earliest existing models.


Lincoln began because of World War I and this classic. Choose the right name from these options?

Lincoln Motor Co. produced the Model L in 1922, the same year that Henry Ford purchased the company, saving it from bankruptcy. Henry Martin Leland started Lincoln in 1917 during World War I, having won a government contract to build 6,000 aircraft engines.


Multi-faceted Mazda redefined its mission by crafting cars in ________?

Founded in 1920, Mazda, formerly known as Toyo Cork Kogyo Co., made corks before making machine tools starting in 1929. In 1931, Toyo Kogyo manufactured three-wheeled trucks that were labeled as Mazdas. A large hill shielded the company's Hiroshima factory during the 1945 atomic bomb blast.


Do you know Subaru's initial design?

Subaru started as Nakajima Aircraft before transitioning to making scooters. In 1953, the company became Fuji Heavy Industries. Subaru's first car was the small P-1 sedan which was relabeled Subaru 1500 in 1955.


This is one of two firsts from luxury master Lexus. What model do you see?

In 1989, Toyota established Lexus with two vehicle offerings: the ES 250, a performance sedan priced at $20,000, and the LS 400, its luxury model that ranged in price between $35,000 and $40,000. Lexus added the F-3 sports coupe to the lineup in 1991.


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