Can You Identify the World's First Cars?

By: Tasha Moore

Can You Identify the World's First Cars?
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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!

1936 Toyota AA Do you recognize Toyota's first model?
Toyota BB
Toyota AA
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.
Toyota CC
Toyota FF

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1912 Chevrolet Classic Six Series C Chevrolet's first car appeared in 1912. Can you name it?
Classic Seven Series Six
Classic Two Series Z
Classic Seven Series F
Classic Six Series C
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.

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1986 Acura Legend Acura's first auto is the ________?
Unicorn
Epitome
Treasure
Legend
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.

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1945 Jeep Cj-2A This car's concept is straight out of the military. Can you ID Jeep's first machine?
Jeep C-3
Jeep F-5S
Jeep CJ-2A
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.
Jeep Z3

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1938 Volkswagen Beetle Is it a challenge for you to identify Volkswagon's first design?
Mosquito
Gnat
Beetle
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.
Frog

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1948 Porsche No 1 What is the simple moniker for Porsche's first?
No. 33
No. 1
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.
No. 65
No. 2

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1948 Land Rover Which car company debuted its first model in 1948?
Nissan
Land Rover
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.
McLaren
Cadillac

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1928 Mercedes-Benz SSK Mercedes-Benz's first racing model is "Super." Do you know what it's called?
SSB
SSK
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.
SSD
SSW

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1994 Ram 2500 Can you pick the correct digits of Ram's intro vehicle?
2550
2500
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.
2650
3500

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1974 Kia Brisa Kia's first passenger car is called ________?
Brisa
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.
Charisma
Julia
Cortana

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1915 Aston Martin Try to select the car manufacturer that you see represented by this first model?
Hyundai
Dodge
Bugatti
Aston Martin
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.

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1907 Detroit Electric Can you name the electric vehicle introduced in 1907?
Detroit Electric
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.
Tesla
Mitsubishi
Renault

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1990 Callaway C7 Engineering great Reeves Callaway decided on which of these names to call his first complete car?
C7
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.
C90
C34
C18

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2017 Faraday Future FF91 Name the correct number of Faraday Future's first?
FF 109
FF 67
FF 13
FF 91
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.

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2008 Tesla Roadster Tesla introduced itself to the car industry with the ________?
Escape
Roadster
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.
Jumper
Climber

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1904 Buick Model B Buick began with which model?
Model B
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.
Model T
Model F
Model Z

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2017 Mitsubishi Model A Mitsubishi's first went hybrid in 2017. Do you know the model?
Model P
Model L
Model A
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.
Model 8

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1965 McLaren M1A Car racing was never the same once this first model hit the tracks. Can you name this McLaren classic?
M2R
M8
M1A
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.
M34

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1921 Bentley When did Bentley release this vintage treasure?
1921
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.
1939
1945
1954

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1924 Chrysler Model B How well do you recognize Chrysler's classic car?
Model X
Model B
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.
Model R
Model K

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1920 GMC Model 16 World War I inspired GMC's first. Which one is it from these options?
Model 23
Model 12
Model 37
Model 16
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.

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1930 Nissan DAT Can you recognize the right three letters for Nissan's first auto model?
ATD
ATM
DAT
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.
CAT

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1969 Hyundai Cortina The name of Hyundai's intro automobile is ________?
Cortina
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.
Maria
Saub
Outlander

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1909 Ford Model T Ford changed consumer auto-buying habits with this first model. What is the name of this car?
Model Q
Model F
Model T
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.
Model G

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

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1963 Honda T360 Do you ID Honda's first shown here?
S365
A116
T360
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.
P450

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1898 Renault Voiturette History repeated itself in 1998 for car maker Renault. Can you choose the name of the first car that made it all possible?
Voiturette
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.
Camaro
Audi
Triomphe

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1891 Peugeot This first Peugeot auto model ran on ________?
Cologne
Steam
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.
Olive oil
Sweat

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1904 Rolls-Royce At what time did Charles Rolls and Henry Royce roll out their first?
1904
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.
1804
1899
1957

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1909 Bugatti Type 13 What type of name did Ettore Bugatti name his company's first machine?
Type 45
Type 63
Type 9
Type 13
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.

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1927 Volvo OV 4 They call it "Jakob" for some reason. Do you recognize Volvo's classic first?
Volvo AV
Volvo OV 4
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.
Volvo F
Volvo RS 6

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1929 BMW 315 BMW's first model is called ________?
BMW 4/9
BMW 2/3
BMW 3/15
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.
BMW 4/8

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1919 Citroen Type A Citroen's first car model triggered several follow-ups. Can you see the name of this auto among the choices?
Type Z
Type A
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.
Type P
Type D

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1914 Dodge Model 30 Dodge Brothers insisted on all steel for their first model. Try to quickly select the right name?
Model 1 - 8
Model LR
Model 89 - 90
Model 30 - 35
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.

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1903 Cadillac Model A When did Cadillac manifest its first?
1903
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.
2003
1945
1912

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1922 Lincoln Model L Lincoln began because of World War I and this classic. Choose the right name from these options?
Model T
Model P
Model N
Model L
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.

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1931 Mazda Multi-faceted Mazda redefined its mission by crafting cars in ________?
1952
1931
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.
1978
1965

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1955 Subaru 1500 Do you know Subaru's initial design?
1500
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.
1550
2600
2140

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1989 Lexus ES250 This is one of two firsts from luxury master Lexus. What model do you see?
ES 250
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.
RF 350
RW 400
QS 100

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