Can You Match These Cars to the Year the Model Debuted?

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Jacqueline Samaroo

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Start your engines!

While the cars of today are primarily rounded and relatively spacious, if you go back to the early days of the newly burgeoning automotive industry, you'll realize that things were notably a bit different. Back then, styles were somewhat minimalist compared to what we have today. However, as the fledgling industry grew, so did the concepts that were a part of it. 

If you look at the automotive industry as a whole you can start to see patterns bot only in the appearance of the cars, but on the mechanical side of things as well. These things changed from decade to decade, or even from year to year. For example, when the Ford Mustang jumped onto the scene and became an unbridled success, it spawned the pony car craze. Suddenly, numerous manufacturers were adopting the style and introducing a slew of pony cars of their own.

 In this quiz, we've taken some of the most recognizable and interesting cars throughout history and gathered them together to see if you can correctly match them to their debut years! Put the pedal to the metal and let's get started!

Which of these years served as the introductory period for the highly acclaimed Honda Accord?

The Honda Accord is a series of compact and mid-size cars that debuted in 1973. It has been both financially and critically acclaimed over the years and has most recently been named 2018 North American Car of the Year and 2018 Canadian Car of the Year.

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The first pony car, the Ford Mustang, was introduced in which of the year?

The Ford Mustang is a line of pony cars and muscle cars that debuted in 1965. It is the iconic model responsible for creating the "pony car" vehicle class.

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Can you correctly identify the year in which the longstanding and iconic Chevrolet Suburban was first introduced?

The Chevrolet Suburban is a full-size SUV that debuted in 1935. It holds the distinction of being the longest continuous use automobile nameplate in the world, spanning over eight decades.

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Do you know the year when the sleek and sporty Lamborghini Murciélago first debuted?

The Lamborghini Murciélago is an Italian sports car that debuted in 2001. It is one of the most iconic sports cars in the world and 4,099 of them were produced between 2001 and 2010.

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In which of these years did the Japanese supercar, the Toyota 2000GT, make its initial debut to buyers?

The Toyota 2000GT is a two-seat, hardtop coupé grand tourer that debuted in 1967. It was technically a limited-production car with only 351 produced and it is regarded as the first Japanese supercar.

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When was the British-made Austin-Healey 3000 first introduced to the public?

The Austin Healey 3000 is a sports car that debuted in 1959 and was assembled in Abingdon, England. While it was popular in Europe, its success allowed a significantly considerable amount of them to be exported to North America

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The environmentally friendly and "shocking" Tesla Model S made its initial debut in which of these years?

The Tesla Model S is a luxury, all-electric liftback car, that debuted in 2012. It is notable for being the second best-selling electric car (after the Nissan Leaf) in the world.

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Which of these years was the initial debut of the extremely rare Bugatti Type 57?

The Bugatti Type 57 is a grand tourer (GT) that debuted in 1934. Only 710 were produced; it is incredibly rare today and highly prized by collectors.

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Can you figure out when the aptly named Ferrari Enzo made its initial debut?

The Ferrari Enzo is a mid-engine sports car that debuted in 2002. It is notable for being named after Enzo Ferrari, the founder of the company.

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In which of these years was the classic sports car, the Lotus Esprit, first introduced?

The Lotus Esprit is a 2-door sports car that debuted in 1976. It had a relatively lengthy production run that ended in 2004 with a little over 10,000 built.

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Do you know when the critically acclaimed Porsche 911 was first introduced?

The Porsche 911 is a German sports car that debuted in 1963. It notably came fifth in the international “Car of the Century” poll and is still in production to this day, with over one million produced.

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When did the distinctive Chevrolet Corvette make its initial debut to consumers?

The Chevrolet Corvette is a front engine, two-door sports car that debuted in 1953. It is widely regarded as being Chevrolet’s flagship car and is still in production with eight design generations.

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Which of these years served as the introductory period for the mid-engined Acura NSX?

The Acura NSX is a two-seat, mid-engined sports car that debuted in 1990. It is actually identical to the Honda NSX and was only marketed as the Acura NSX in North America.

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The supercharged Bentley Blower was first introduced in which of the years shown here?

The Bentley Blower is a front-engine sports car that debuted in 1929. It is actually a variant of the Bentley 4½ Liter that featured a supercharged engine. Only 55 of this variant were produced (out of the total 720 units).

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Can you correctly identify the year in which the legendary and stoic Volkswagen Beetle was first introduced?

The Volkswagen Beetle is a subcompact economy car that debuted in 1938. It is one of the most iconic cars in the world and is the longest-running car on a single platform.

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Do you know the year when the ever changing Dodge Charger first debuted?

The Dodge Charger is a car that debuted in 1966; however, the nameplate has been used for different classes; including full-sized sedans and subcompact hatchbacks. It is currently in its seventh design generation.

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In which of these years did the premiere Porsche 356 Speedster make its initial debut to buyers?

The Porsche 356 Speedster is a rear-wheel-drive sports car that debuted in 1948. It is notable for being the company’s first production automobile and it was designed by Erwin Komenda.

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When was the streamlined and speedy AC Shelby Cobra first introduced to the public?

The AC Shelby Cobra is a 2-door roadster that debuted in 1962. Carroll Shelby, founder of Shelby American, was involved in a controversy that saw him being accused of counterfeiting his own cars.

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The luxurious and iconic Rolls-Royce Phantom II made its initial debut in which of these years?

The Rolls-Royce Phantom II is a luxury car that debuted in 1929. It is notable for being the last of Rolls-Royce's 40/50 hp models and only 1,680 units were produced.

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Which of these years saw the debut of the critically and financially successful Mazda Miata?

The Mazda Miata debuted in 1989. It is still being produced to this day, and is notable for being the best-selling two-seat convertible sports car of all time.

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Can you figure out when the iconic and hardy Audi Quattro made its initial debut?

The Audi Quattro is a line of rally cars and mid-sized cars that debuted in 1980. It entered the North American market in the 1983 model year, and production ended in 1991.

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In which of these years was the extremely fast Ferrari F40 first introduced?

The Ferrari F40 is a rear-wheel-drive sports car that debuted in 1987. Its run was deliberately scheduled to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the company, and it is notable for being the final Ferrari car that was personally approved by Enzo Ferrari.

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Do you know when the incredibly successful Acura Legend was introduced?

The Acura Legend is a mid-size luxury car that debuted in 1985. It had a 10-year production run and managed to hold its own in western markets.

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When did the beautiful British-made Jaguar E-Type make its initial debut to consumers?

The Jaguar E-Type is a sports car that was assembled in Coventry, England and debuted in 1961. It was notably hailed by Enzo Ferrari as "the most beautiful car ever made."

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Which of these years served as the introductory period for the proudly American-made Dodge Viper?

The Dodge Viper is a 2-door sports car that debuted in 1992. It was once ranked within the top 10 of the list of “Most American Cars," which signifies that at least 75% of its parts are in the U.S.

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The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione was introduced in which of the years shown here?

The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione is a two-seater sports car that debuted in 2007. Upon being announced, the company obtained 1,400 orders for the car; however, they only managed to produce 1,000 units.

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Can you correctly identify the year in which the record-breaking Porsche 959 was first introduced?

The Porsche 959 is a German sports car that debuted in 1986. It was notable for being the world's fastest street-legal production car, with a top speed of 197 mph.

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Do you know the year when the iconic Volvo P1800 sports car debuted?

The Volvo P1800 is a rear-drive sports car that debuted in 1961. It is perhaps most notable for being driven by Roger Moore in the hit television series The Saint, a fact that contributed to its popularity.

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In which of these years did the extremely successful Datsun 240Z make its debut to buyers?

The Datsun 240Z is a sports car that was produced by Nissan and debuted in 1969. It holds the distinction of being one of the most successful sports car lines ever.

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When was the critically acclaimed Maserati 3500 GT first introduced to the public?

The Maserati 3500 GT is a 2-door coupé that debuted in 1957. It was a highly successful car, which was produced until 1964.

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The Volkswagen Golf made its debut in which year?

The Volkswagen Golf is a compact car that debuted in 1974. It was once the bestselling automobile in the world (and still ranks within the top three) but that title has since been taken by the Toyota Corolla.

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Which of these years was the initial debut of the Ferrari 365?

The Ferrari 365 is a grand tourer that debuted in 1966. It was meant to replace the Ferrari 330 and 500 Superfast, and was first introduced at the Geneva Motor Show.

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Can you figure out when the noteworthy BMW M1 made its debut?

The BMW M1 is a 2-door sports car that debuted in 1978. It holds the distinction of being the first mid-engined BMW to be mass-produced.

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In which of these years was the wedge-shaped Lamborghini Countach first introduced?

The Lamborghini Countach is a V12 sports car that debuted in 1974. It is widely regarded as being one of the most iconic Italian wedge designs in the automotive industry.

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Do you know when this Bond car, the Aston Martin DB5, was first introduced?

The Aston Martin DB5 is a luxury grand tourer that debuted in 1963. It is perhaps most famous for being an iconic Bond car, first appearing in Goldfinger.

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When did the extremely influential Citroen DS make its initial debut to consumers?

The Citroen DS is a front-wheel-drive executive car that debuted in 1955. In terms of design and performance, it had a significant influence on the automotive industry upon its release and in the years that followed.

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Which of these years saw the introduction of the highly successful Ford GT40 race car?

The Ford GT40 is a high-performance endurance racing car that debuted in 1964. It is notable for having won the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 1966 to 1969.

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The rebellious Lamborghini Miura was introduced in which of the years shown here?

The Lamborghini Miura is a sports car that debuted in 1966. It was designed by Lamborghini's engineering team, against the wishes of company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini.

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Can you correctly identify the year in which this iconic failure, the DeLorean DMC-12, was introduced?

The DeLorean DMC-12 is a sports car that debuted in 1981. The DeLorean DMC-12 became famous due to the Back to Future films; however, the DeLorean Motor Company proved to be extremely unsuccessful.

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Do you know the year when the stylish Mercedes-Benz 300 SL debuted?

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL is a grand tourer that debuted in 1952. It is notable for its distinctive gull-wing doors and rounded body style.

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