With well over 100 years of automaking behind us at this point, it's clear that some incredibly memorable cars have been made in that time. Sure, for the most part, cars are just pretty generic and functional and exist just to get you from point A to point B. Most of the time they're hard to tell apart. But some cars stand out. Some cars exist beyond the time they were manufactured and just capture the hearts and minds of people like the Ford Mustang. Everyone knows the Ford Mustang. And more than that everyone has a feeling associated with it. The Mustang means power! It's fast and loud and strong. It's a manly car! Likewise, the Chevy Corvette conjures images of a sleek and sexy sports car. A Cadillac is a vision of luxury. The Rolls Royce is a car that exudes status and class. The DeLorean will literally take you back to 1955!
Now surely no one can remember every car that has ever rolled off the line and onto a highway but you don't need to, either. This isn't about the forgettable cars. This is about the icons. The legends of automotive history. If you fancy yourself a fan of the best of the best, take the quiz and prove it!
This gorgeous car is on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. What is it?
The Jaguar E-Type was one of the coolest cars of its era and was called "the most beautiful car ever made" by Enzo Ferrari, the man who made many of the other most beautiful cars you've ever seen. It managed to impress the likes of Frank Sinatra and Steve McQueen, who both owned one.
Do you know which of these cars was designed against the wishes of the head of the company?
Bugatti Type 57
Weird as it sounds, Ferruccio Lamborghini did not sign off on the Miura, so his team made it in their spare time. Lamborghini himself wanted some slower-paced cars, unlike the racing beasts made by Ferrari. His production team showed him the value of their design, and the Miura was produced for seven years.
Which of these cars was so beloved the manufacturer barely changed its design in over 50 years of production?
Porsche's 911 has barely changed the way it looks since 1963. Over 1 million of these cars have been produced in that time. The company had no intention of calling it the 911 at first, but Peugeot had cornered the market on the number "0" as a middle digit, so the 901 became the 911, and the rest is history.
Because the maker of this car so hated Ferrari and wanted to take the company down in a race, they designed this car. What is it?
The Ford GT40 was the legendary car that Ford designed to take on Ferrari. True to their intentions, the GT40 was a huge success and took the top spot at Le Mans from 1966 to 1969, ending Ferrari's previous reign.
Do you know this car that became hugely popular in the '60s as a result of rising fuel costs?
The Mini may be one of the recognizable cars ever and is symbolic of the '60s as a whole. The tiny car was created as rising fuel costs created a segment for reliable and cheap-to-run vehicles which the Mini fit in perfectly. Over 5 million were sold, head and shoulders above any other British car.
To achieve its incredibly sleek and sexy look, which of these cars was designed by a sculptor and an aeronautical engineer?
Cadillac El Dorado
Manufactured from 1955 to 1975, the Citroen DS was an evolution in French automaking with a sleek and sexy design, unlike anything that came before it. Word is when it debuted at the 1955 Paris Motor Show, the company had 743 orders in just 15 minutes.
$30 million was the staggering amount of money one of these cars took in at auction. What was it?
Porsche 356 Speedster
Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic
Both rare and beautiful, the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic is one of the most expensive cars in history, mostly because of its rarity. Only three of these remarkably sleek cars were made, and only two were still around in 2010 when one sold at auction for somewhere between $30 million and $40 million.
Back in the day, which of these cars essentially started the automobile revolution?
Ford Model T
The Ford Model T made automobiles accessible to the masses like never before. Prior to the Model T, cars were limited run and expensive, available to limited numbers of people. The Model T changed that with an assembly line production. Over 16.5 million were sold.
When you think of time travel, you think of which of these cars?
The DeLorean DMC-12 was produced for only three years, and only around 9,000 of them were made. With such a limited production run, it might not have been nearly as popular as it was if not for the "Back to the Future" movie. The film made the car world famous when it featured it as a time machine.
Even though we all know it by a much more fun name, which of these models is called the Type 1?
The Volkswagen Beetle is one of those cars that you immediately recognize when you see it. Over 21 million Beetles were produced in its massive production run, making it the single most manufactured car in history and the longest produced as well — from 1938 to 2003 in its original platform.
Which of these cars is said drain a full tank of gas in 13 minutes if driven at top speed?
The Bugatti Veyron was a monster of performance with a W16 engine made of two V8s stuck together, a quad-turbocharged engine and over 1,000 horsepower. It could do 0 to 60 mph in 2.46 seconds with a top speed of over 250 mph.
Do you know which of these was hands down the most expensive production car ever made when it debuted?
The Ferrari F40 had a price tag of $400,000 in 1987, which was about 5 times what their previous model — the 288 GTO — had cost. Only 1,315 were ever made, but of those, only 213 were sent to the United States.
Which of these cars must have been a big hit with music lovers since it was the first one with a standard CD player installed?
1989 Cadillac Seville
1988 Buick Regal
1987 Lincoln Town Car
It may not seem significant relative to auto performance, but the 1987 Lincoln Town Car was the first vehicle to make the upgrade from cassette deck to CD player as a standard feature rather than a custom job.
History is full of some powerful and impressive muscle cars, but this one is often considered the first of the bunch. What is it?
Plymouth Road Runner
Rolling out in 1964, the Pontiac GTO is regarded as the first muscle car insofar as it was the first of the major four automakers' models. This led to massive competition to create a bigger and better muscle car, which lasted the better part of a decade.
Do you know which of these cars had an unusual "G" gear for mud driving?
Austin Healey 3000
Aston Martin DB4
For about a year (1986), the Porsche 959 was the fastest production car on the road, topping out at 197 miles per hour. Originally developed as a rally car, the 959 won the Paris-Dakar Rally, proving its chops and making it a legend.
In 1970, this sporty little car won the inaugural 24 Hours Nurburgring race. What was it?
The BMW 2002 made a big splash in the early '70s as an entry-level BMW, making the car more accessible and affordable to the masses while not sacrificing performance. It proved to be hugely successful and is arguably the car that made BMW world famous.
In 1994, which of these supercars was called the "finest driving machine yet built"?
The McLaren F1 was a monstrously fast and well-produced sports car that was unlike anything ever made before it To achieve a low weight that would allow more power and performance, many lightweight — but valuable — materials were used in the construction, including carbon fiber and Kevlar fans. It also has some gold foil heat reflectors and magnesium castings in there!
Everyone has to start somewhere, and this car was the first model ever made by its manufacturer. What was it?
Porsche 356 Speedster
Ferdinand Porsche himself, the man who started the Porsche company, brought the 356 Speedster into production. It sported a flat-4 engine, which meant it was the speedy performance beast you might think of when you think of Porsche, but it also looked great.
Originally, which of these cars didn't have side windows or door handles?
Because the Dodge Viper was first envisioned as a performance car and not a production vehicle, some of the amenities you expect on a car were left off, like key cylinders and door handles. It also didn't have windows. Instead, it had vinyl flaps that could be zipped on and off when it was raining.
In 1974, this road-chewing monster showed up for the very first time, complete with a V-12 engine. Do you know what it was?
Corvette Sting Ray
Noted for its wedge design, the Lamborghini Countach was the model of cool for the '70s and '80s. The massive, rear-mounted engine ensured that the cab had to be pushed forward, a design element that caught on and appealed to a large portion of sports car enthusiasts.
Which of these cars was originally called the 365 GTB/4?
Plymouth Road Runner
The Ferrari Daytona got its name changed — at least popularly — from 365 GTB/4 to Daytona after the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona race. Ferraris took first, second and third at the race, making the nickname a popular and appropriate one.
Which of these cars was a redesign of an already legendary car but tweaked to be a coupe?
Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
Ford Mustang Boss 402
Chevy Corvette Stingray
In 1963, Chevy introduced the second generation of Corvette models, and that's when the world met the Stingray coupe. Featuring a split rear window, flip-up headlights and a sleeker overall look, the Stingray was so popular, they kept it going for another 20 years.
In 1967, this pony car rolled out to join the competition in that segment and took the world by storm. What was it?
Plymouth Road Runner
The Chevy Camaro's appearance in 1967 to compete directly with Ford's Mustang was a game-changer. The Camaro has more than proven its mettle in the ensuing years, including making nine appearances as the pace car for the Indy 500.
Only 1,359 of which of these muscle cars were ever made?
Ford Boss 429 Mustang
In 1969 and 1970, Ford offered up the Boss 429 variant of its classic Mustang. The "429" referred to the 429 cubic inch Cobra Jet V8 engine that was designed to compete with the powerful and popular Hemi engine of the time.
Many people view which of these as the first real Japanese sportscar?
Toyota Supra 2000GT
In 1965, Toyota and Yamaha produced the Supra 2000GT and turned the automotive world's idea of Japanese cars on its head. Prior to the Supra, Japanese cars had a reputation for being slow, boxy and utilitarian. This proved Japan could manage a European-styled sportscar even better than Europe.
Which of these can hit 304 miles per hour, making it the fastest production car in history?
SSC Ultimate Aero
Bugatti Chiron Super Sport
The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ may be the fastest production car in mankind's history, at least until someone tops it. It will be available for the public to buy in 2021 at a price of $3.9 million and will come with a speed limiter so no one is highway driving at 300 mph.
Do you know which of these proved its worth in World War II by being one of the most versatile vehicles ever made?
Originally known as the Willys MB, the Willys-Overland Jeep was once called by General George Marshall "America's greatest contribution to modern warfare." Its reputation for being tough and versatile ensured it was useful in all aspects of the war and beyond.
In 1973, which of these cars arrived and became popular thanks to the gas crisis?
The Honda Civic has always been good on gas, and the gas crisis of the early '70s that spurred changes to fuel efficiency standards and effectively killed the muscle car segment was a boon for this Japanese import. Nearly 20 million Civics have since been sold.
Do you know which of these was the first commercially available gas-electric hybrid?
Tesla Model 3
The Toyota Prius was a landmark in auto manufacturing by finally giving a powerful alternative to the straight gasoline engines that dominated the market for more than a century. The 2018 Prius was the second most fuel-efficient gas-powered car in the U.S. that didn't have plug-in capability.
No other electric car in the world has a greater range than this one. What is it?
Tesla Model S
The Tesla Model S is a groundbreaking vehicle that took the electric car to the same heights as the gas engine and beyond, essentially starting a revolution that had been a long time coming. It proved electric vehicles could be viable, affordable, reliable and good-looking as well.
Which car was debuted with a PR stunt featuring a backward driving model?
Rolls Royce Phantom
In 1933, Chrysler chose to show off its revolutionary new Airflow — made with some advanced safety features and unibody construction that were new for the period — by reversing the axles and steering gear so it could be driven backward through Detroit as a publicity stunt. It caused a bit of a panic more than anything else.
Do you know which of these cars had massive, shiny fins that were 98-inches high?
1959 Cadillac DeVille
In 1959, Cadillac rolled out the DeVille series which included the Eldorado, the Fleetwood and the Coupe DeVille, all with those glorious chrome fins that shamed all the other fins on the market. Cadillac sold a solid 53,000 DeVilles in the first year alone.
Which of these cars was essentially a Ford engine in an Ace sports roadster body?
Shelby Cobra 289
Carroll Shelby created the Shelby Cobra 289 in 1962 after word got out that AC Cars was going to have to ax the Ace sports car because they couldn't get the engines they had been using anymore. Shelby snagged some bodies and installed Ford 260 V8 engines, and the rest is history.
When it comes to luxury cars, this was one of the best selling models of the era. What was it?
Cadillac El Dorado
Lincoln Continental Mark III
The Lincoln Continental Mark III was created by Ford to compete with the Cadillac Eldorado, and it proved more than capable of handling the task. As a luxury car, it was the first to have radial tires standard, and it also featured hideaway headlights and a giant, Rolls Royce-looking chrome grille.
Which of these ugly cars saw production numbers over 670,000?
Despite being made fun of for its less than attractive appearance, the AMC Gremlin proved to be extremely popular. As the first American subcompact car, 671,475 of them were produced across a single generation.
Do you know which of these cars had a 500 cubic inch V8 engine in 1976?
The Cadillac Eldorado was a beast of a vehicle that was produced for over 12 generations from 1952 until 2002. This was the paradigm of luxury vehicles and the reason we call the best of anything the Cadillac of whatever we're referring to .
Only 18 of which of these beautiful cars were produced?
1969 Pontiac Bonneville
1966 Ford Falcon
1967 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
The road-going version of Alfa Romeo's racing Tipo 33 (Stradale means "road-going"), this car was made specifically to meet the requirements of a race car's road-going counterpart. It was one of the first supercars ever on the road and could hit 160 mph.
Which of these cars first started production in 1925?
Rolls Royce Phantom
The Rolls Royce Phantom is a luxury car that set the bar for the entire luxury car segment. It became synonymous with wealth and sophistication for years. It's the car used in those famous "Grey Poupon" commercials from back in the day.
It's incredible, but this car was able to hit 137 miles per hour in 1930. What was it?
The Bentley Blower was a monster of engineering in the 1920s. For a car that weighed over 3,500 pounds, 137 miles per hour was an impressive speed to hit, especially for the time. It's not surprising that his car made a great showing at Le Mans, coming in first in 1928.